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Hand sanitizers are a convenient method of cleaning hands and getting rid of germs, but it's important to use them properly.
The State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene offers this advice:
- Squirt some sanitizer into the palm of one hand, and rub hands together and thoroughly rub sanitizer into both hands.
- Let hands air dry; don't wipe them.
- Use a sanitizer even when your hands are not visibly dirty, such as when you have sneezed or coughed, or you have been near a sick person.
- Follow all label instructions.
THE BEST WAY TO AVOID contracting the coronavirus, experts say, is through safe personal hygiene practices. The first step is with distancing staying at least 6 feet away from others, which is beyond the distance that the virus can travel from person to person. The second step is cleaning your hands – a lot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that, “hand hygiene for infection prevention is an important part of the U.S. response to the international emergence of COVID-19.” And the two best ways to keep your hands clean are with soap and water or with hand sanitizers that contain alcohol specifically, at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol.