Hand Sanitizer - Gel vs. Spray
Both are useful for cleaning your hands when soap and water aren't available, but which should you use? Watch our video to learn the pros and cons of each so you can choose what's best for you and your family.
Does Hand Sanitizer Work?
The Center for Disease Control recommends the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol as the preferred form of hand hygiene in healthcare settings, based upon greater access to hand sanitizer.
The best way to prevent the spread of infections and decrease the risk of getting sick is by washing your hands with plain soap and water. Hand washing mechanically removes pathogens, while laboratory data demonstrate that 60% ethanol and 70% isopropanol, the active ingredients in CDC-recommended alcohol-based hand sanitizers, inactivates viruses that are genetically related to, and with similar physical properties as, the 2019-nCoV.
Health care providers who use alcohol-based hand sanitizers as part of their hand hygiene routine can inform patients that they are following CDC guidelines.
While the exact role of direct and indirect spread of coronaviruses between people that could be reduced by hand hygiene is unknown at this time, hand hygiene for infection prevention is an important part of the U.S. response to the international emergence of COVID-19.