Using hand sanitizers help prevent the spread of coronavirus. They are one of such products that never prevented people from panic buying in supermarkets and local drug stores. Alarm over coronavirus has caused a run on hand sanitizers. And now, even the assorted fruity scents of Bratsplash body and hygiene collection from bench™️ eventually vanished from the store shelves. So, what do you do when it’s sold out?
Coronavirus Has Resulted In Shortage of Hand Sanitizers. So What Now?
Hand sanitizers from different brands are exceedingly hard to come by. Where it isn’t sold out, enterprising sellers are charging outrageously inflated prices simply because “we’ve got loads of them and you don’t”. If you don’t have any hand sanitizer, you’re not likely to get some while the manufacturers create enough supply to meet the frenzied demand caused by panic over coronavirus.
While using hand sanitizer is a smart way to slow and prevent the spread of viruses, keep in mind that there is one practice that is more effective than using hand sanitizer, and it should be done regularly: washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
But if you’re out and about, and a sudden lurch forces you to grab on things like the doorknob, or a bottle of condiments from a fast food joint, or even your own smartphone, we can understand wishing for a squirt of something purifying while you’re enclosed for the rest of your day doing errands. So what do you do if you can’t get your hands on the most popular hand sanitizers?
Wash Your Hands Frequently And Thoroughly
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. It has been an old saying on TV ads when we saw commercials about handwashing: “Ugaliing maghugas ng kamay bago at pagkatapos kumain.”
(Practice hand washing before and after meals.)
Handwashing with soap removes germs from hands. This helps prevent infections because we frequently touch our eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth and make us sick. Germs from unwashed hands can get into food and drinks while we prepare or consume them. Germs can multiply in some types of food or drinks, under certain conditions, and make us sick. Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, tabletops, or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands.
Removing germs through handwashing, therefore, helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.
How To Wash Your Hands
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. Here are effective guidelines on how to do proper handwashing:
1) Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
2) Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
3) Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
4) Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
5) Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Now, I am not saying that you shouldn’t use your hand sanitizers because handwashing is more effective. What I am trying to say is, if you run out of hand sanitizers, you don’t need to go back to the supermarket to get another bottle knowing that they’re all sold out. That is why you need to invest more time washing your hands with soap and water instead of getting exposed to the virus considering the community quarantine imposed by the government and health agencies.
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If you, however, really wanted to get more comfortable with the use of hand sanitizers, and the well-known brands are out of stock, do make sure that if you are able to buy a lesser-known brand of hand sanitizer, it’s made of at least 60% alcohol. Also, make sure that you don’t use any hand sanitizer on greasy or dirty hands (What’s the point?) and don’t rely on do-it-yourself recipes based solely on essential oils because they won’t work. Do dry your hands before applying any hand sanitizer.
By the way, if you are so overly confident of your hand sanitizers in protecting yourself from sickness, I would rather suggest that you also take a shower regularly, okay?
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