May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day and the CDC says this about clean hands:
- 15 vs. 20 seconds of washing time doesn’t matter as much as how you wash your hands, how thoroughly you try to get between fingers, under nails, thumbs, etc. Technique matters more!
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are better at killing potentially deadly germs than soap and water. These sanitizers are more accessible and prevent the drying that comes with soap and water.
- It’s true that alcohol-based hand sanitizers kill both the good and bad germs, but the good germs quickly come back on your hands.
- Unlike antibiotics, alcohol-based sanitizers do not contribute to antibiotic resistance. There is no chance for the germs to adapt or develop resistance