While some guidance will change, effective hand hygiene will always be the highest priority
More than 1,000 individuals have contracted coronavirus in China, with 41 incidents sadly resulting in fatalities. The infection has now reached 11 countries, prompting the issuing of a great deal of travel and infection prevention guidance. A recent Daily Mail article centred around advice obtained from a former chief medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The report asked Dr. Robert Amler, who is also Dean of New York Medical College, for information regarding coronavirus, how it is spread and how to combat it.
Natalie Rahhal wrote that while advice is constantly changing, particularly with regard to travel restrictions, recommendations regarding the need for frequent and effective hand washing will remain the most important element in safeguarding against contracting the illness.
Soap and water is “far superior”
Dr Amler is quoted as saying that, while the recommended frequency of washing will vary depending on circumstances, the method remains the same. He advocates washing with soap and water, not gels.
“He adds that hand sanitizer will do in a pinch, especially if it has a relatively high alcohol content, but washing is far superior because the physical scrubbing action helps to remove germs.”
Recent advice issued by the CDC stated
“Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.”
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