Hand Sanitizers – Why use?
Hand sanitizer has become ubiquitous after the outbreak of the novel COVID-19 virus. But what are its special powers? Does it really protect from viruses? And what’s the best way to use it?
When it comes to choosing a hand sanitizer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the ones with alcohol for protecting against COVID-19 virus. The optimum proportion is 60 to 95 percent alcohol, according to CDC charts showing the relative effectiveness of different types of sanitizers.
The CDC said that according to some estimates, up to 80 percent of all infections get spread by hands. Hand sanitizers are effective against both bacteria and viruses, health experts say.
The active ingredient in hand sanitizer — usually alcohol — disrupts the coating of virus and bacteria particles. By damaging the outside of the particle, the virus becomes deactivated. The process of putting it on your hands makes the sanitizer work against these viruses almost immediately. But it does not protect you against whatever you might touch next.
During a regular workday, using hand sanitizer three to five times randomly would be goo. If you’re sneezing or coughing, you should use it more frequently.
Here’s another rule of thumb: Whenever you go into a new room for a meeting or whatnot, put some on before and after.
Scrubbing your hands with soap and water — the CDC recommends for 15 to 20 seconds — is better than using hand sanitizer, experts say.
That’s because washing physically removes the virus particles, instead of just deactivating them. However it is unrealistic for individuals to wash their hands so often. The CDC recommends using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Stay safe and always have sanitizer on hand to prevent the spread of this deadly disease.