With the coronavirus pandemic hitting the world hard, there’s been a raging debate going on involving the washing of our hands. Experts claim that warm water and soap work best, but many support hand sanitizers too. This flu season has been one of the worst in history and with the COVID-19 coronavirus, it’s VERY important to keep personal hygiene at a high level.
This goes especially for washing our hands since the virus can stay on surfaces for hours or days. There’ve even been reports that it could stay on the asphalt for weeks! These findings have drastically raised the sale of hand sanitizers.
How Effective Are Hand Sanitizers?
Widely advertised as the best possible solution for killing bacteria, viruses, and fungi on your hands, hand sanitizers are pretty…handy. They are great when you’re on the go and usually involve alcohol that kills the bacteria. In general, those with 60% alcohol work best, although the other ingredients are also important.
According to the CDC, however, hand sanitizers are not as effective as warm water and soap. They do help but are not a substitute for a proper 20-30 seconds hand wash. Warm water and soap don’t just kill bacteria on your hands – they wash away any remains as well. On the other hand, dousing your hands with a hand sanitizer doesn’t do that. It kills germs, but it’s not a 100% safe solution.
There’s been a raging debate in the hand sanitizers vs. warm water & soap in recent weeks. Since the coronavirus pandemic, doctors recommend being diligent with your own hygiene as a way to prevent the spread of germs.
Videos about proper handwashing are all over social media, yet there are still many that propose that hand sanitizers work better. Well, if you ever needed proof, Hollywood actress Kristen Bell shared a series of photos.
Photos Say It All
Sorry, hand sanitizer fans – good ol’ warm water and soap still work better in these hard times. The actress shared before and after pics showing the different stages of the cleanliness of her hands. Notice the change between washing them for 6 seconds with no soap and 30 seconds with soap? Wash your hand properly people – it’s the only way to survive this outbreak!
Even with daily recommendations and campaigns about the importance of handwashing, nearly 40% of Americans don’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom. The numbers are worse in some countries in Europe. When washing their hands, Americans wash them for less than 20 seconds which is another big problem. Even worse, most people don’t even use soap.
Health officials have been constantly stressing the importance of proper handwashing at the moment. The wash’n’shake method doesn’t work in this case. You need to give your hands a proper wash with warm water and soap to eliminate germs. Hand sanitizers are better than nothing, yet they can’t replace a proper handwash.
How Often Should I Was My Hands?
Well, we don’t have an exact number, but the WHO recommends washing them regularly. You MUST wash them before and after preparing food, after using the toilet, before and after treating sick persons, cuts or wounds, after touching garbage, etc. Wash your hands after playing with your pets as well. As soon as you cough or squeeze, wash them again.
How to Wash Your Hands Properly
- Wet your hands with lukewarm water nicely and apply soap
- Rub them with the bar of soap or together if you’re using liquid soap. You’ll need to lather the back, front, go between the fingers, and under the nails
- You need to do this for 20 seconds
- Rinse your hands with clean water in the end 5. Air dry your hands or dry them with a clean towel Source: theheartysoul.com