Everyone knows that there are numerous reasons why Alcohol based sanitizers should be avoided. They evaporate in about 30 seconds, they have limited efficacy because of the limited amount of residence time they offer. Since alcohol is a solvent, they also remove the natural oils normally found on your skin, leaving your skin dry, chapped and cracked. Now, In the last few days we have seen no less than 6 articles through mass media on children (& teens) drinking alcohol based sanitizers because of the 62% or higher alcohol content. (62% is equal to 124 proof). “Drunk on Sanitizer”, One report suggested that an 8.0 oz. bottle of the leading alcohol based sanitizer, contained as much alcohol as 5 shots. Since all alcohols are not the same, the differences between ethanol, isopropyl and denatured alcohol can be extremely dangerous.Traditional non-alcoholic based sanitizers are also surrounded with reasons to try them and also to avoid them. Water and sweat simply remove the sanitizer from your skin and leave you bare. Since non-alcohol based sanitizers just sitting on your skin, it takes very little time and contact to erode and remove them and any protection that they may provide, while leaving you exposed and susceptible.
Contamination from skin to skin contact or skin from contaminated surfaces account for an estimated 80% of the transferable diseases, they can be traced back to one of these two methods of transmission. The issue remains that everyone touches their face or an item that touches your face. Scratch an itch, tickle your nose, and rub your eyes. Everyone has a cell phone, wears glasses, or uses an earpiece etc. That leaves airborne as the third major method of transferal.
Basic protection steps:
Wash your hands frequently.
- Use soap, and warm water to wash with and continue the process for at least 20 seconds.
- Pay particular attention to the cuticle areas and nail beds. Also wash well between the fingers and in the natural folds of your skin.
- Dry your hands well. Don’t use the front of your shirt or the front of your pants, use paper towels or the paperless hand drier, make sure that your hands are completely dry.
- Sanitize your hands with Prefense® nonalcoholic Hand & Skin sanitizer that can protect you for extended periods of time. Our unique product has the active ingredient suspended and stabilized in a silica matrix solution that bonds with your skin. It contains no alcohol and lasts for up to 24 hours or through 10 hand washing. 1 dose lasts for up to 24 hours and comes in an easy to use foam that provides easy coverage to your entire hand. 640 doses per 8.0 oz. bottle. Same as .0265 cents per dose.
If you have to sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue or the crook of your elbow. Turn away from those close to you.
Wash your hands as soon as you can.