Why use hand sanitizer? 

As per the guidelines set out by the CDC, hand washing or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers can help prevent infections in the human body by reducing the number of potential pathogens that contaminate and infest hands as a result of coming in contact with surfaces that have not been properly cleansed. 

Viruses and bacteria are destroyed during the hand washing process, in that the pathogens are removed with friction and then rinsed off the skin, while laboratory data shows us that alcohol-based sanitizers, inactivate the cellular walls by collapsing them in on each other. This alters their composition and effectively dismantles the nucleus of the cell, not only destroying it but making it impossible for it to communicate or reproduce.

Clinical research shows us that the use of hand sanitizers for the removal of pathogens, including a continuous and vigorous rubbing of the hands for at least 30 seconds using a 70% or higher ethanol-based hand sanitizer, eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and viruses that contribute to illnesses like COVID-19 and similar viral strains. 

Sources: 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2600642/

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5116a1.htm 

Hand hygiene is vital to those in the medical field but it will become even more vital than ever for regular businesses. As things begin to return to the new normal, you should fully expect that hand sanitizer will be essential in order to properly conduct business in the post Covid-19 world.

The CDC states that the use of hand sanitizers as an addition to hand washing is recommended for all medical professionals. The CDC highlights the importance of hand-washing but also specifies that this 30-second application of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, is acceptable and suitable for the removal of pathogens, based on the studies they conducted. 

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are quickly becoming a very important companion in our day to day activities. 

 

The video below is a perfect depiction of why sanitizer is so important as the world begins to open up again.