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Can hand sanitizer kill covid-19?

By March 27, 2020 - 1:24pm
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Hello, Amanda King!

Thank you for your question.

Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is the best option when possible, according to the CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It reduces the amounts of all types of germs on hands and is generally better at killing certain germs.

If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer can be used instead. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes but they won’t kill all types of germs, according to the CDC.

The CDC recommends only using hand sanitizers that are 60 to 95 percent alcohol.

More information on COVID-19 here: https://www.cdc.gov/


March 27, 2020 - 2:06pm
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