Hand Sanitiser vs Soap & Water

Harvard.edu hand sanitizer study

As reported on harvard.edu a study conducted over period of 8 months, enrolled 911 children who attended day care and found that hand sanitizer group had lower rates of respiratory infections and missed fewer days of school.

 

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (USA)


"CDC recommends using ABHR with 60-95% alcohol in healthcare settings. Unless hands are visibly soiled, an alcohol-based hand rub is preferred over soap and water in most clinical situations due to evidence of better compliance compared to soap and water. Hand rubs are generally less irritating to hands and are effective in the absence of a sink."

 

World Health Organisation

People with the virus in their noses and throats may leave infected droplets on objects and surfaces (called fomites) when they sneeze, cough on, or touch surfaces, such as tables, doorknobs and handrails. Other people may become infected by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, noses or mouths before cleaning their hands. This is why it is essential to thoroughly clean hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub product, and to clean surfaces regularly.