About ten months into the year 2019, not so many people in Singapore would believe that carrying hand sanitizers wherever you go is necessary. But today, since November 2019, hand sanitizers have somehow become part of our daily necessity. It is no news that everyone carries it about as a practice to keep oneself protected from the virus that has now made it so popular, Corona or Covid-19 virus.
However, hand sanitizers were actually used quite often in hospitals even before the pandemic hit Singapore and the rest of the world. The busy hands of health workers are often contaminated with pathogens due to the nature of their jobs. As such, they have to apply hand sanitisers to eliminate the germ and pathogens and protect themselves. Today, it is not just health workers that use hand sanitizers, but almost everyone from all walks of lives as well.
Hand sanitizers can be alcoholic based and non-alcoholic based, depending on the manufacturer’s content. However, it’s important to note that the non-alcoholic based products are less effective at killing germs. Most hand sanitizers generally contain 60% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. According to the labels on the hand sanitiser containers, other approved substances may include purified water, hydrogen peroxide, and glycerin.
The first thing to keep in mind when choosing a hand sanitizer is to select one that contains at least 60% alcohol. Certain commercially available hand sanitizers, especially homemade products, contain very little alcohol, which makes them less effective at killing germs. It can be difficult for poor people in developing countries to get a hand sanitizer with a good percentage of alcoholic concentration due to the attitude of manufacturers in fraudulent labeling of products,. to enhance sales and ease patronage. However, the local government has many strict laws for hand sanitizer Singapore companies to follow to avoid any fraudulent practices.
For effective and proper use of hand sanitizers, apply the product on the palm of one hand, and then rub both hands together. Rub the product over the entire surface of your hands until they are dry. In general, an alcoholic-based hand sanitizer should be thoroughly rubbed for at least 30 seconds over the fingers and hand surfaces, followed by complete air-drying. This is to drastically reduce the populations of lingering bacteria, fungi, and some enveloped viruses (e.g., influenza A viruses) which are disease-causing organisms.
There are many factors that contribute to the effectiveness of hand sanitizers in eliminating germs and bacteria. These include the way the product is applied, the quantity of hand sanitiser used, frequency of use, and if the disease-causing organism on the user’s hands is susceptible to the product’s content. Despite the variability of the effectiveness of hand sanitizers, it is commonly employed as a simple means of infection control in a wide variety of settings. Some examples of these settings are homes, daycare centers, schools, hospitals, health care centers, supermarkets, and even cruise ships. In fact, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is more commonly used as compared to hand washing with soap and water in most situations in the healthcare setting.