Hand Sanitizer

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How Clean Are Your Hands

Hand sanitizers are becoming a big thing nowadays in society and often seen are those people walking around with the personal hand sanitizers from such stores like Bath and Body Works. Personal hand sanitizers are carried around and some people think that since they have them handy, they can and are used to replace the task of actually having to wash your hands with soap and water. There are even hand sanitizers around every corner and bathroom door here at Vernon College which states Healthy Hands Start Here”. But what we all really need to know and realize is that just because a person uses hand sanitizers to clean their hands, it doesn’t actually mean that their hands are clean and they are maintaining “healthy hands”.

According to the CDC, “Hand sanitizers may not be as effective if the hands are visibly dirty” (site) which should be an understood statement without even putting thoughts into what is being said. Yes, if a person’s hands are visibly clean, then a hand sanitizer with “at least 60 percent alcohol” would be great to clean hands with in the absence of soap and water (www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing/). But the one thing to know is that, “alcohol based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but not eliminate all types of germs” (www.cdc.gov/handwashing/). With that being said, I would like to also point out the fact that continuously using hand sanitizer is ensuring that the hands are never properly cleansed and therefore adding more and more bacteria on the hands if the germs are the type that cannot simply be cleaned by using hand sanitizer. Looking at the curriculum of Vernon College they are many courses taken by students such as nursing courses, and chemistry and biology labs just to name a few, in which hand washing before and after class is a necessity if not during the middle of some classes as well. Students who use these sanitizers without the use of soap and...
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