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Soap and water are way better in hand cleaning over alcohol

Washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and the Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

Soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizers at removing certain kinds of germs. Although alcohol-based hand sanitizers can inactivate many types of microbes very effectively when used correctly,  people may not use a large enough volume of the sanitizers or may wipe it off before it has dried.

“For hot water itself to kill a germ it would have to be boiling,” McGee explained. “Warmer water helps the soap to disperse better. But, temperature really is not a factor in killing off the bacteria.”


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