A voter uses hand sanitiser before entering a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka last week. Photo: EPAA voter uses hand sanitiser before entering a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka last week. Photo: EPA
A voter uses hand sanitiser before entering a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka last week. Photo: EPA

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Why washing hands and cleaning to kill the coronavirus won’t weaken your immune system

  • The belief that a high level of cleaning and personal hygiene weakens our immune system is a common interpretation of the ‘hygiene hypothesis’
  • But extra hygiene measures will not weaken the immune system, doctors say. On the contrary, they are vital in controlling the pandemic

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A voter uses hand sanitiser before entering a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka last week. Photo: EPAA voter uses hand sanitiser before entering a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka last week. Photo: EPA
A voter uses hand sanitiser before entering a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka last week. Photo: EPA
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