Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Put Down the Hand Sanitizer, Part II

I wrote before about the ineffectiveness of hand sanitizers.  Slate has a new article reiterating in more detail why relying on hand sanitizers is not an effective way to fight off the flue, or H1N1.
Without getting into a lengthy post, I'll summarize.  If you want to prevent illnesses, wash your hands after using the restroom, before cooking, before eating, or any other sensitive situation as such.  If you have a need to ensure your hands are clean, wash for twenty seconds with soap and warm water.  Don't use hand sanitizers, wipes, or any other such cleansers unless it is absolutely the only thing you have available.
Lastly, eat the right foods and keep a positive attitude.

1 comment:

  1. Well said in a nut-shell! We only use hand sanitizer when we are desperate and out somewhere away from a sink! What I have learned about them is that they kill all of our bacteria - good and bad. Our bodies need this good bacteria to be balanced and to fight off infections. We also eat right and take our Vidazorb chewable probiotics to make sure that we have all the good bacteria we need to stay healthy! Great summary :)