Hand Sanitizer WILL Fight The Flu, But…
You've seen the signs in the drug store, office buildings and Malls..flu season is fast approaching, which means millions will be using hand sanitizer more often in an effort to protect themselves from a flu infection. Most people, including medical professionals, believe that flu viruses are quickly neutralized after coming into contact with an ethanol-based sanitizer, but a new study finds that isn’t the case for at least one flu strain.
The study found that when you apply hand sanitizer, you have to rub your hands together for FOUR MINUTES to get it to completely kill all the flu germs. Needless to say, most people aren’t rubbing their hands together with sanitizer for four minutes.
According to the study, a small splash of sanitizer quickly rubbed together for a few seconds just isn’t going to cut it against this particular flu virus. The research team say that doctors and other medical professionals should be especially careful; if they don’t properly deactivate the virus between seeing various patients they could quickly spread the flu to multiple people.
Fortunately, there IS a better solution. The study found that if you wash your hands with antibacterial soap, it kills all the flu germs in just 30 seconds.
The study is published in the scientific journal mSphere.