H1N1 FLU PREVENTION – When to use a alcohol based hand sanitizer?
December 8, 2009
|About H1N1 Prevention & hand hygiene!
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers — which don’t require water — are an excellent alternative to hand washing, when soap and water aren’t available.
A hand sanitizer is actually MORE effective than soap and water in killing bacteria and viruses that cause disease! For, organisms cannot develop resistance to alcohol, and commercially prepared hand sanitizers contain ingredients that help prevent skin dryness.
|But one should be aware that not all hand sanitizers are created with likewise substances. Some “waterless” hand sanitizers do not contain any alcohol. In general one should use only the alcohol-based products. The American CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends choosing products that contain at least 60 percent alcohol.
This is how to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
• 1 – Apply 1/2 teaspoon of the product to the palm of your hand.
NOTICE:If your hands are visibly dirty, however, wash with soap and water, if available, rather than a sanitizer!!!
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