Wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer, which is better?

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – during the outbreak corona virus crash, campaign #cucitangan continues to be echoed by governments, health workers, and everyone else. Not only that, hand sanitizer Many are placed in various corners of the room to keep hands clean. The hope is that the corona virus does not stick in people’s hands so that the virus does not spread to other people’s hands.

Actually, which one is better for preventing the spread of the corona virus, what is #cucitanganpakaisabun or just use hand sanitizer?

According to health experts from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as reported by Medical Daily on June 21, 2020, you should wash your hands before using a hand sanitizer.

Hand sanitizer does not remove every type of germs and may be less effective when your hands look dirty or oily. Hand sanitizers also will not remove harmful chemicals from the hands such as pesticides and heavy metals.

That way, washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Make sure to spend at least 20 seconds soaping each part of your hands before rinsing them with water.

Research in the peer-reviewed journal Emerging Infectious Diseases by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that using hand sanitizer for at least 30 seconds is effective in deactivating SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. However, this study only used a cleaning formulation containing 80 percent ethanol or 75 percent isopropyl alcohol and was approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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What if you do wash your hands with soap, then continue with the use of hand sanitizers? This sequence is pretty much done by the community. Many argue that this can be a double protection against the corona virus. However, a dermatologist from the Bamed clinic, Adhimukti Tathyahita Sampurna did not agree with this opinion.

Illustration of using hand sanitizer. Unsplash.com/Kelly Sikkema

Adhimukti explained that people must understand that washing hands is the main thing, but the function of hand sanitizers must also be understood. “Washing hands must be done number one because it is the most effective way to kill germs. Meanwhile, hand sanitizers are only used when soap and running water cannot be found, meaning they are only used as backup, ”he said when contacted by Tempo.co on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

There are new problems that can be caused if someone washing their hands plus using a hand sanitizer afterwards are rough skin to irritation. “Because both have an alcohol content of above 60 percent. If it is used too often it causes skin problems, ”he said.

Instead of using a hand sanitizer after washing hands, Adhimukti urges the public to use lotion or moisturizer. As the name implies, this can help lock the liquid in the skin so that moisture is maintained. “All moisturizing products are recommended after washing hands instead of using a hand sanitizer,” he said.


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