The Importance of Hand Sanitizer to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
The Coronavirus has caused millions of Americans to change the way they live their daily lives. Washing your hands regularly is vital to help to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have recommended that people use an alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) instead of soap and water in most cases (unless your hands are visibly soiled).
This means that if you venture out into public and touch a shopping cart, doorknob, or any other object that comes into contact with other human beings, you should immediately sanitize your hands with an ABHR.
We’re going to look at the importance of hand sanitizer and why it’s so crucial to the health of you and your loved ones.
What is Hand Sanitizer?
Hand sanitizer is a liquid that’s applied to your hands and can help prevent the spread of infections and pathogens. Each brand of hand sanitizer contains a different formula. It’s impossible to say what is the best brand to use; however, the CDC recommends that people use an:
“Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) also recommends the same amount of ethanol or isopropanol included in the formulation of hand sanitizer.
This is not to say that other hand sanitizing products that don’t have at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol won’t work—as many other chemical agents on the market can kill germs.
What it is saying is that the two leading most authorities on public health, the CDC and WHO, are recommending that people only sanitize their hands with products that contain the above percentages of isopropanol or ethanol.
In cases of a deadly virus like COVID-19—it’s in everyone’s best interests to trust the expert advice of the CDC and WHO.
How Do You Apply Hand Sanitizer?
If you’ve been paying attention to the recent news, you’ve probably heard that there are recommendations for washing your hands with regular soap and water. You’re supposed to keep lathering and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Here’s how to apply hand sanitizer as per the CDC guidelines:
- Before you buy or apply it, read the label. Make sure it contains at least 70% isopropanol or 60% alcohol. By doing so, you’ll know that you’re following the trusted advice of the CDC.
- Look at the label of the hand sanitizer. It will provide you with instructions on exactly how much to use. Different brands will have different applicators. Some will come in a plastic bottle that you squeeze, while others will have a button you push to dispense the product.
- Apply the recommended amount of sanitizer (as per the manufacturer’s instructions on the bottle) to the palm of one hand. Rub it all over the front and back of your hands, as well as under your fingernails and in the webbings of your fingers. Make sure your entire hands are wet with sanitizer.
- Continue rubbing until your hands are completely dry. Try not to rub any excess hand sanitizer off with a cloth, napkin, or towel as this could make it less effective. It should dry off within a minute or two as it evaporates into the air.
Children’s Safety Warning
The CDC also warns parents and guardians of children to be careful when it comes to buying hand sanitizer. Many hand sanitizers on the market will contain fragrances that make them smell less like alcohol and more like fruits and candy. Small children can easily get into these bottles (since the majority of them don’t have safety caps) and become poisoned by ingesting the liquid.
If you have children in your home, be sure to store your hand sanitizer in an area where they can’t reach it. Try not to buy products that have sweet-smelling scents such as fruits or candy. While it may be a temporary inconvenience to have your hands smelling like alcohol, the strong odor is less of a temptation to little children.
Covid-19 Hand Sanitizers In-Stock
At ReOpenSupplies.com, we have two different kinds of alcohol-based hand sanitizers in stock. Both products contain the FDA-recommended amount of 60% Ethanol you can use them regularly:
Zep Instant Hand Sanitizer
Island Rhino Hand Sanitizer
When used as part of your daily sanitation regiment, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be highly effective in helping prevent the spread of this contagious and deadly disease. If you’re looking for other products to help you and your family remain safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic, be sure to check out our online store.