Can antibacterial hand gel kill viruses?
14 March 2020, 17:07
As hand sanitiser and antibacterial gels fly off store shelves, are they enough to stop the Coronavirus?
This is particularly important after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so.
Made with alcohol, the NHS, Public Health England and other health organisations worldwide have assured people that hand sanitisers with 60% alcohol content and above are effective against viruses, such as the new coronavirus, but emphasise soap and water is the best option.
Hand sanitisers and antibacterial gels with lower alcohol content are less effective and, may only slow germ growth, rather than killing it outright.
Many wonder if an antibacterial wouldn't be as effective against the coronavirus because it is a virus. The higher percentage of alcohol can make them effective, according to major health organisations, because the wall of the virus can be broken down by the alcohol, as long as it is at least 60% of the gel.
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