Coronavirus & Hand Sanitizers
Coronavirus has raised the awareness of handwashing, which we all casually ignore ... until now. There is more to protecting otheres in the workplace or family home than handwashing. Yes, we cannot overstate the value of regularly and repeated handwashing. Handwashing has been a mandate in hospitals for over a century, and is still a proven way to avoid catching or spreading a disease.
In our time, more options are available to us. One of those options is hand sanitizer. If you are going to buy hand santizer, find one that is 62-71% alcohol. The CDC recommends hand sanitizers that are at least 62% alcohol or more. In a pinch, a bottle of alcohol may dry your skin a bit, but will sanitize the hands.
Seocnd, place the hand sanitizers where they will be a constant reminder of the need to treat the hands in the daily routine.
The reason we are concerned about sanitizing the hands is becuase we constantly touch our face. Infected hands transfer bacteria and viurs to the entry points of eyes, nose, and mouth. So, we are also told to avoid touching our face. This is very difficult to do because we touch our face hundreds of times a day without even thinking about it. No matter how we try, touching the face is very common. So, handwashing is the intermediate process to disrupt the transfer of diease to these open access points.
If you must touch your face, first wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
If you are in a home or building with an infected person and maintain the building, use disposable gloves that you then discard. Afterwards, wash your hands.
Coronavirus is spread by direct and indirect contact with an infected person. Because the COVID-19 virus is highly-infectious and people are infected long before showing symptoms, handwashing is the easiest and most effective tool available to everyone.
If you must clean or live in the house with a coronavirus-infected person, you should have a supply of hand sanitizer dispensers, disposable gloves, and tissues on hand.
The infected person should cover all coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Though the virus is not known to be airborne, it can be sprayed up to six feet. Wearing a mask is useful to the patient, but not needed by those not infected. A mask prevents accidental coughs toward another person.
Finally, assume that the infectious germs are everywhere during a spreading infection. Don't turn into a germaphobe, but heighten your awareness and adopt a standard of persoonal hygiene that includes regular hand washing. Obviously, handshakes, kissing, hugging, and other person-to-person contact should be avoided. We are now learning about the "Elbow Bump" greeting that is much better than a handshake.