Sanitizer Can Keep Coronavirus in Hand

CoronavirusHand sanitizer is perhaps the defining precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19. Unlike the mask, there does not seem to be much debate or controversy about its usage during this pandemic. In fact, hand sanitizers have been “trending” in public awareness at an exponential rate. According to a report from Fior Markets, demand for hand sanitizers between December 2019 and February 2020 alone increased by 1,400 percent.

According to one study, the hand sanitizer market is expected to increase from $2.7 billion last year to $3.3 billion in 2020 due to heavy demand from hospitals and households.

The infectious coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is transmitted mainly through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or exhales. Someone in close proximity can be infected by either breathing in the virus or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their face. Hand sanitizers have emerged as one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially as people have become more hygiene-aware.  

Hand sanitizers reduce risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infection. As COVID-19 cases began to spread at epidemic proportions, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) stressed the importance of hand hygiene, calling the use of alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) “a simple yet effective way to prevent the spread of pathogens and infections in healthcare settings.” 

The CDC also recommended hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (which is why you have been hearing the song, “Happy Birthday” a lot lately). But according to CDC guidelines, “unless hands are visibly soiled, an alcohol-based hand rub is preferred over soap and water in most clinical situations. Hand rubs are (also) generally less irritating to hands and are effective in the absence of a sink.”

This is why hand sanitizer dispensers in public and workplaces have become indispensable amenities for people without access to water or soap to kill possible germs. The alcohol present in the gel, liquid or spray, has been proven to kill bacteria and viruses (the CDC recommends using hand sanitizer with greater than 60 percent ethanol or 70 percent isopropanol).

As the country gradually begins the process of re-opening, it now becomes even more crucial that those who serve the public as well as employers prioritize this simple yet effective COVID-19-prevention and make hand sanitizer accessible to customers and employees.