The demand for hand sanitizers has skyrocketed within weeks, which ended up in an initial shortage of supply. As people continue to take precautions, it is essential to know the right way to disinfect your hands after touching any surface

Fremont, CA: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, hand sanitizers have become the most sought after commodity in all parts of the world. Since the early outbreak in the Wuhan region in China, the virus has gone on to affect nearly all countries, faster than predicted. Despite some areas being able to control the spread of the virus, the figures do not look globally. With each passing day, doctors are noting a record spike in the number of cases and deaths. With a full-fledged cure yet to be found, people have been forced to adopt extreme precautions, to prevent coming in contact with the virus. Social distancing has become the new motto in life. Even regions where the lockdown has been relaxed, people continue to wear masks, gloves, and other protective gear. The demand for hand sanitizers has skyrocketed within weeks, which ended up in an initial shortage of supply. As people continue to take precautions, it is essential to know the right way to disinfect your hands after touching any surface.

A recent report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that using a hand sanitizer for at least 30 seconds can deactivate the virus. The CDC focused its study on sanitizers with a formula containing either 80 percent ethanol or 75 percent isopropyl alcohol. According to the CDC, using sanitizers that have a concentration of over 60 percent ethanol or 70 percent isopropyl alcohol reduces the chances of contracting pathogens significantly.

The ideal application method is to apply the gel on one palm and spread it evenly to both hands, rubbing them together until dry. It is essential to ensure that all surfaces are covered from fingernails to wrists. These instructions are not just for the COVID-19 pandemic but generally apply for the use of hand sanitizers. The CDC study also pointed out that sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty. They do not get rid of all kinds of germs and are not very effective against pesticides and heavy metals. In any case, water and soap remain the best bet and washing hands as many times as possible remains the key.