Hand sanitizers are among the items that were mostly hoarded by people after learning about the pandemic. But why are soaps left untouched on shelves?
Here we compare the benefits of proper handwashing and the use of hand sanitizers!
Hand sanitizers contain isopropyl alcohol, gel, and most of the time, an extra scent — like lemon, cherry, mint, etc. Frankly, it’s a quick fix for disinfecting. These are used at malls, public washrooms, offices, and hospitals.
Experts say that hand sanitizer can only destroy the outermost layer of a virus or bacteria. Again, it’s just a quick fix. It’s not that effective when it comes to viruses with a harder outer shell. At this time, it is recommended that we use hand sanitizers that contain 70% ethyl alcohol.
How about soap and water? According to a CDC guideline, handwashing reduces the amount of all types of germs, pesticides, and metal on our hands. Proper handwashing can prevent illnesses and the spread of germs and infection to ourselves and others. It’s very frequent that we unconsciously touch our face. Without proper handwashing, these germs can quickly get into our bodies through our eyes, nose, or mouth and that is why it’s important that we know when and how to wash our hands.
Just imagine how much germs are there at doorknobs, handrails, and elevator buttons if not all of us practise proper hygiene? The use of hand sanitizer along with proper handwashing is one way of reducing the risk of respiratory infections and viruses.