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Monday, September 13, 2010

University of Virginia: Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Don't Work..

Courtesy of  news outlet "Daily Progress"...

A team of researchers at the University of Virginia found that alcohol-based hand sanitizers fail to significantly reduce the frequency of infection from rhinovirus or influenza.

"An alcohol hand disinfectant with enhanced antiviral activity failed to significantly reduce the frequency of infection with either rhinovirus or influenza," wrote the authors of the study presented Sunday at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) here.

The results came as a surprise to research team leader Dr. Ronald Turner, whose study was sponsored by the Dial Corp. which makes various care and cleaning products, including alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

[Maybe this is because alcohol is notorious for stripping away protective skin cells, and in turn, increasing the risk of exposure to pathogens? duh...]

click on title link for the full news story courtesy of "The Daily Progress"

1 comment:

Industrial Supplies said...

I know that sanitizers do help to prevent germs but you are only applying the sanitizer to your hands, what aboutthe other areas of your body that come in contact with the world.