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Yes, it does, but how hand sanitiser is used is absolutely crucial to how well it works.
Ever since our worlds have been turned upside down by COVID-19, good hand hygiene has never been so important, and while washing hands with soap is considered to be the most effective way to clean hands, hand sanitisers can play an incredibly important role in keeping hands free from harmful germs.
Generally speaking, viruses are much more resistant to disinfectants than bacteria. Luckily however, coronavirus is an envelope virus, meaning it has a fat and oil outer membrane coating. Hand sanitisers that contain 60-95% alcohol can attack that membrane; thereby eliminating the covid threat.
Alcohol-based sanitisers disturbs the virus’ envelope. Without this amour, the virus cannot live and invade our cells. Hand sanitisers also contain antiseptic which kill and / or prevent the growth of microorganisms. That’s why using hand sanitiser can be so effective and so vitally important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The efficacy of a hand sanitiser depends on it being used properly. Many of us may not use sufficient sanitiser, we may not rub enough, or we may wipe it off before it has dried. The key to making hand sanitiser truly effective is to apply it thoroughly. Friction is what loosens and gets rid of microbes.
That’s it. Follow these simple rules; only then does hand sanitiser work properly and we can go about our lives.
Sometimes you’ll find yourself in a situation with no access to soap and water for handwashing. It may be while you’re out and about, travelling, after using grocery trolleys, handling money or after coughing and sneezing - these are times when hand sanitiser can literally be a lifesaver.
Remember, hand sanitiser does work to halt the virus, only when it’s used correctly. The proper application of hand sanitiser is essential to its effectiveness.
Where to buy hand sanitiser?
Hand sanitiser is the smart thing to have on hand for when you are on the go; we recommend you carry some with you always. You can buy hand sanitiser online from our shop.
Got more questions; how does hand sanitiser work; where to buy hand sanitiser in NZ; is hand sanitiser more effective that soap? Contact one of our experts on 0508 467 462 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be more than happy to provide the answers.
Posted: Wednesday 22 April 2020
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