Emmerdale fans have joked that Charity Dingle is responsible for the hand sanitiser shortage as she stockpiles.
Currently, the government has warned UK residents to stay inside to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
One thing people are finding it hard to come by is hand sanitiser, as others have been rapidly buying the antibacterial hand wash.
Meanwhile, as the soaps film around six weeks in advance, life continues as normal in Emmerdale.
In last night’s episode (Monday, March 30), Charity prepared for her girlfriend Vanessa to come home from hospital after her operation.
Rhona dropped by to bring Vanessa some flowers over and found Charity and Tracy cleaning.
Tracy told Rhona that Charity had been up since 6am disinfecting every door handle.
Rhona looked over at Charity’s table where she had her cleaning supplies and antibacterial hand gel and quipped: “That is a lot of hand sanitiser.”
However, Charity explained the doctor told her Vanessa needs to avoid picking up infections.
But viewers joked that Charity is behind the hand sanitiser shortage.
The irony of Emmerdale charity stock piling hand sanitizer before Corona virus pandemic kicked in.😂🤭 #emmerdale
— Anne (@Robron75) March 30, 2020
It's Charity frigging Dingle who's been stockpiling all the hand sanitisers 😂#Emmerdale
— Caryl-Ann Mason (@DearCarylAnn) March 30, 2020
#emmerdale charity was way ahead with the hand sanitizer 🤣
— Lisa Boulton (@LisaDB76) March 30, 2020
So I know who bought all of the Hand Sanitizer then, Charity!!!
— Lou (@NeverGiveIn123) March 30, 2020
Charity has got hand sanitisers, what a coincidence. #Emmerdale 🙊😏
— Garry Enfield (@EnfieldGarry) March 30, 2020
How Coronavirus has affected the soaps
Although life is continuing as normal in soapland, the coronavirus has affected the soaps.
Charity stock-piled all the hand sanitiser then.
And ITV bosses have also reduced the amount of episodes airing each week. Emmerdale now airs three, instead of its usual seven.
EastEnders now airs Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 7:30pm.
At the time of writing there are 22,141 cases of coronavirus and 1408 people have died.
Emmerdale now airs three episodes a week on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 7pm on ITV.
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