Hand sanitizer is a convenient alternative to hand-washing, but doesn't provide the same level of protection as simple soap and water. Only alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol are effective. Products labeled as "antibacterial" have not been shown to work any better against the spread of disease than normal soap and water. Hand sanitizers can reduce the number of germs but it does not get rid of all types and may not remove chemicals. Hand sanitizer is a good alternative when you are on the go and don't have access to soap and water. However, hand-washing is still your best everyday bet for preventing the spread of disease.
Follow these steps to ensure you are using hand sanitizer correctly:
- Apply sanitizer to the palm of your hand. Refer to the product label for the appropriate amount per cleaning.
- Rub your hands together to cover all areas of your hands and fingers until your hands dry naturally.
We're all in this together
It's important to keep in mind how small, individual actions can have a big impact. Hand-washing is easy, takes 20 seconds, and will do more to protect yourself and your loved ones than anything else. Adopting these hand hygiene tips as part of your regular routine can help everyone stay safe and healthy.
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