Could Using Hand Sanitizers Stop Flu in its Tracks?
December 26, 2009
The H1N1 flu scare has made cleanliness a national obsession. And when soap and a sink aren't close by, people rely on the convenience of hand sanitizers. Sales of disinfecting gels are soaring, up more than 70 percent since this time last year.
Many experts agree that keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to stay healthy, especially during cold and flu season. And while there have been concerns that germs become resistant to antibacterial soaps, germs don't become resistant to alcohol, the main ingredient in many popular hand sanitizers.
However, people should ideally wash their hands using soap and water before preparing food.