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Soap vs. Sanitizer: Best COVID-19 Defense

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What does the CDC say about hand washing vs. hand sanitizing during the COVID-19 outbreak?

As a first choice, rely on using soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place or blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. According to the CDC, hand washing reduces the amount of all types of germs on hands, whereas sanitizers do not.

If soap and water are not available, then use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Whether you are washing your hands or applying hand sanitizer, it must be done the right way for proper hand hygiene. Most people quickly rub their palms together and think they are done.

Check out this video from Johns Hopkins on the right way to wash hands. The same procedure should be used when using hand sanitizer in regards to rubbing front, back, between fingers, thumbs and fingertips.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IisgnbMfKvI&feature=youtu.be

It is a great demonstration, however we would recommend turning the faucet off after wetting your hands and during lathering to save water. After turning the water back on to rinse hands, dry them with clean paper towels, then use the paper towel to turn off the faucet and open the door.


If you haven’t been washing or using hand sanitizer the right way, you’re not alone. A study found these areas most often missed by healthcare providers when using alcohol-based hand sanitizer:

Thumbs

Fingertips

Between fingers