- Hand sanitizer is good, but it can’t beat soap and water. Washing your hands with soap and water should always be your first choice.
- If you’re not in a place where washing your hands is possible, hand sanitizer can be used instead.
- But, not all hand sanitizers work against coronavirus.
- There are two main types of hand sanitizers: alcohol-based and alcohol-free.
- Alcohol is effective at killing enveloped viruses, including the coronavirus. Your hand sanitizer needs to be at least 60% alcohol in order to viruses like coronavirus.
- Using hand sanitizer with alcohol more than 75% would dry your skin out very quickly.
- Using hand sanitizer way too frequently can cause irritation by drying out the skin and removing natural oils.
- The dry and damaged hand becomes a hotbed for disease viruses and increase the risk of viruses entering your body.
- So hand sanitizers, like most things, should be used in moderation – and only when handwashing is not an option.
- Soap is the most effective killer of COVID-19. Soap kills germs, binds them, and helps physically remove them, with the water, off your skin and down the drain leaving the skin clean, unlike hand sanitizers.
- But, it is effective if you soap your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Any simple soap does the work “As long as you give it a little bit of time, it will do its job.”
Sanitizer might feel like a modern-day, scientific, and more clinical upgrade to soap, but if you are already near a sink,
the best choice is to wash your hands with soap and hot water.
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