The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also say hand sanitiser could play a role in preventing the coronavirus from spreading or people contracting it, should soap and warm water not be available.
As for those travelling by plane, hand sanitisers can be carried in hand luggage through airport security, so long as they are under 100ml in size and are carried in a clear plastic bag for the security process.
Larger bottles can be placed in hold luggage and checked-in.
However, wearing a face mask while travelling is unlikely to help. Dr Jake Dunning, Head of Emerging Infections and Zoonoses, Public Health England, told Express.co.uk: “Face masks play a very important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals.