At this point, there is little chance that you've missed the CDC’s recommendation to use hand sanitizer to combat the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) when soap and water are not available. With people buying up every last ounce of hand sanitizer in the brick and mortar stores, it’s difficult to know where to turn. Will you be okay if you just wash your hands? Probably, but there are some benefits to using hand sanitizer, especially when formulated with ethanol, which is particularly effective at killing viruses.
Hand Sanitizer Helps Stop the Spread of Nasty Bugs
Several studies have concluded that hand sanitizer mitigates the risk of spreading stomach bugs and respiratory infections. They are convenient and portable, quick and easy to use. If you have been washing your hands like a madman lately, you know that it dries out your skin. Commercially prepared hand sanitizers often include an ingredient to moisturize. And if you’ve got kiddos around, they could be more likely to rub in some hand sanitizer (and to successfully cover more surface area) than to wash their hands while singing a 20-30 second song.
Is Hand Sanitizer Healthy?
There has been some debate over the healthfulness of hand sanitizer. Are hand sanitizers bad for you? The short answer is no. There is no data to suggest that alcohol-based sanitizers cause any harm unless they are ingested. Don’t drink the hand sanitizer. The question of whether overuse of these products could lead to antimicrobial resistance has been a hot topic in the recent past. There is no evidence that this is the case, though.
Add Hand Sanitizer to Your COVID-19 Tool Box
Hand sanitizer is a great tool to add to your arsenal of COVID-19 protective gear. Keep some with you when you’re on the go. Be sure to apply it liberally on your hands after touching any public surfaces or items outside your household. Making this a regular practice will ensure you can always protect yourself and do your part to stop the spread of the virus.