Companies like Ohio-based Gojo Industries who invented Purell, are experiencing high demand for their best-selling hand sanitizer. Concerns of influenza and other illness are making the public more aware of the benefits of proper hand hygiene in the home and workplace.
Here are a few tips to keep your hands clean during flu season:
- Wash hands with soap or water at a comfortable temperature for at least 15 to 20 seconds.
- Dry hands with a paper towel and use the towel to turn off the fauce.
- Although antibacterial soaps are widely advertised, they are not necessary to remove germs.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to quickly and conveniently kill microorganisms on the hands if they are not visibly dirty.
- Hand sanitizers are generally less irritating to the skin and contain skin conditioners making it less likely your hands will become dry and chapped.
- Check to make sure the concentration of ethanol alcohol or isopropanol of your hand santizer is between 60 and 90 percent.
David Taylor, infection preventionist at The Ohio State University Medical Center, says, “Cleaning hands especially after sneezing or using the bathroom, and after touching things such as public phones, elevator buttons and doorknobs, allows us to get rid of germs we pick up doing everyday things and keeps us from spreading them. The most common mode of transmission of pathogens is via hands.”
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