Post by BBQ Butcher on Sept 20, 2019 6:31:32 GMT -5
Study: Using Hand Sanitizer Might Not Stop The Spread Of Germs
"Might" being the keyword in the following article
As you reach for a tissue and blow your nose you notice your coworkers recoiling in horror, so you make a reassuring pump of the hand sanitizer.
“See, I’m protecting you!” you want to say to them as you rub the translucent goop across your hands.
But are you really protecting them? A new study shows that quickly smearing an ethanol-based hand sanitizer onto your hands probably won’t kill those cold and flu bugs. According to the study, it’s because your fingers are still wet with mucus.
Japanese researchers dabbed wet mucus harvested from people infected with influenza A onto the fingertips of 10 plucky volunteers and then applied hand sanitizer.
The ethanol didn’t kill the flu virus, even when the sanitizer was left on their fingers for a full two minutes. It took four minutes to fully deactivate the virus so that it wasn’t infectious.
A contradictory result can be seen at the rest of the article at this LINK