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Do non-alcohol hand sanitizers kill A H1N1 09?

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Answered 2009-10-07 01:50:24

There have been no studies to prove that, but CDC has said that their use, if alcohol based sanitizers or soap and water are not available, can be beneficial. It is expected that they do help in the removal of virus particles from hands. Follow the directions on the product to assure the most effectiveness. This should include using friction until the sanitizer is dry, friction helps to clean germs from hands regardless of the cleaning products used. Try for 30 seconds of rubbing hands together whenever cleaning hands. (Time that by singing two verses of Mary Had a Little Lamb).

To be certain of the sanitizing effects of a waterless hand cleaner, CDC recommends using one with 60% alcohol content. See the link below to the CDC information on this subject.

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No. Viruses are not alive so hand sanitizers can not "kill" them.


Hand sanitizers have an antibacterial ingredient in them to kill germs or bacteria and some viruses. If it is a good product and used correctly, they are effective when handwashing is not convenient.



there are germs that are immune to sanitizer


Alcohol based sanitizers kill most bacteria and viruses. Alcohol based hand sanitizers contain about 60-70% alcohol that help kill 99.9% bacteria or germs in a few seconds.


Actually, yes it can, but it is not as effective as it is when killing germs.


Hand sanitizers kill both good and bad microbes. That's why you shouldn't wash your entire body with anti-bacterial soaps.


alcohol is someting u drink how would it kill germs idiot. Answer2: 91% alcohol you get from the drugstore and the supermarket is excellent for killing germs. Most of the hand sanitizers have 65+ percent of alcohol. Stay away from those hand sanitizers with triclosan.


Washing with soap and water is considered the better way to prevent virus transmission, but alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective if they contain a minimum of 60% alcohol.According to a recent article published in the February, 2009, issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, "Efficacy of soap and water and alcohol-based hand-rub preparations against live H1N1 influenza virus on the hands of human volunteers," both hand cleaning techniques were effective in killing H1N1 (a strain of flu) virus on deliberately infected health care workers.A September, 2005, article in Pediatrics, "A randomized, controlled trial of a multifaceted intervention including alcohol-based hand sanitizer and hand-hygiene education to reduce illness transmission in the home," concludes "...alcohol-based hand sanitizers rapidly kill viruses that are commonly associated with respiratory and gastrointestinal (GI) infections."The bottom line is good hand-hygiene helps prevent the spread of both bacteria and viruses. Hand washing with soap and water is slightly more effective than alcohol-based hand sanitizers, but the sanitizers do kill viruses.Bear in mind some viruses are more difficult to kill than others. Disinfecting hard surfaces with a mild bleach-and-water solution also helps reduce the spread of disease.Links to both abstracts in Related Links, below.


It's the same germs but some survive because of 2 reasons: One, your hand is very good at retaining the bacteria that you eliminate. So if you touch the lid or part of the Hand sanitizer it'll give you bacteria. Another reason is that your hand will always have some bacteria on it, no matter how many times you try and clean your hand.


Hepatitis A virus does not have a lipid envelope around it, and therefore it is somewhat tougher than viruses such as influenza. It might survive the use of hand sanitizers, especially if the virus is present in large amounts, but usually it will work. Soap and water remove the dirt from your hands, which is more effective, whereas hand sanitizers are often just kill organisms without washing them off.


Hand sanitizers use alcohol to kill bacteria. There is only one hand sanitizer that I know of that also kills mold because it contains Quat. But the normal sanitizers you see sold everywhere usually only contain alcohol. If you want to also kill mold, try Artemis Alcohol-free foaming hand sanitizer. Although it would be better to use their spray if you are cleaning surfaces.


Yes, if you use it exactly as directed on the label and if it is a minimum of 60% alcohol content.


You use them on your hands to kill bacteria. Examples are Hand sanitizers, or soap now how they work to kill them is another question, well they for example inactivate the bacteria remove them make the bacteria "blowup", and they can stop bacteria from growing.


no unfortunately. I have scabies ATM and hand sanitizer ain't helping. Try bathing in hot water kinda works loll killes those &$@$&$/€£¥*** scabies. Lol gl


Hi, well I recently did a science fair project and with my results I found that non-alcohol based sanitizers work better then alcohol based sanitizers. However, they do not work that well, hand sanitizers only kill the germs, consequently, they are still there, dead or alive. Almanza, associate professor of restaurant, hotel, institutional and tourism management, says "the typical hand sanitizer, which is usually alcohol-based, strips the skin of the outer layer of oil, which normally prevents resident bacteria from coming to the surface." Hopefully this helps! ;)


No it doesn't,it kills 99.9% of germs,bt NOT mold.... --------------------------------------------------------------------- It actually depends on the type of hand sanitizer you use. Most hand sanitizers contain at least 60% Ethyl alcohol, which is more than enough to kill Mold. Mold is a type of Fungi, and Alcohol's properties tend to "kill" everything. -better to use rubbing alcohol


Denatures &/or dissolves cellular & membrane components, including proteins & lipid membranes, thereby destroying the bacterium and/or virus, however not all bacteria or viruses are susceptable to the variety of different hand sanitizers, whether it be isopropanol, ethanol (ethyl alcohol), iodine based products, etc...examples are spore forming bacteria & rabies virus, both are unaffected by hand sanitizers.


Quat based hand sanitizers have been proven to effectively deactivate (kill) encapsulated influenza A viruses. Samples of the H1N1 strain have not yet been made available for testing by the commercial market, but the H1N1 virus is classified as an encapsulated virus which would have the same results as other encapsulated viruses. The patented quat based based product being rolled out to the U.S. market this summer called Germ Free 24 is proven to be effective against encapsulated viruses for up to 60 hours per application. this new product greatly increases the level of protection in comparison to alcohol based products that are effective for no more than 5-15 minutes per application.


No, alcohol pads and hand sanitizers that are alcohol based do not work immediately as intended. Alcohol will kill bacteria on the skin however it takes nearly 36 hours to do so.


No. Washing hands only removes germs - and not 100%. The action of rubbing the hands with the soap and warm water loosens the microbes from your skin. The water rinses them away. One study by a paper towel manufacturer (surprise!) showed that using a paper towel to dry the hands left fewer bacteria than using a hand dryer. Washing hands can kill bacteria if an antimicrobial handsoap is used. But the fact that the washing does not remove all the microbes is why hand sanitizers are recommended. The sanitizers actually kill many of the bad guys that remain on the skin.


No. Hand sanitizers on your hands just kill pathogens (Pathogens is another word for germs, if you don't know what it means). The pathogens can't evade the alcohol. If they do, they may kill your brain cells. I do not know about other alcohols, but of course, it won't kill your brain cells if it doesn't have to do with killing germs. That was a very good question, anyway.



Same problem with hand sanitizers: this practice will kill [most of] the viable bacteria but it cannot, and does not, affect the bacterial SPORES.Consider the Autoclave, the only procedure - 123 degrees C [steam] for 20 minutes - that can yield a 100% rate of sterilization.


The illness H1N1 is called "swine flu." It is a respiratory illness that may cause death. The condition may cause a pulmonary embolism.



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