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Are Hand Sanitisers Effective In Preventing Coronavirus? All You Need To Know

According to World Health Organisation guidelines on coronavirus, washing of hands and regularly using hand sanitiser are important steps for preventing COVID-19. Here’s what experts have to say

Are Hand Sanitisers Effective In Preventing Coronavirus? All You Need To Know

New Delhi: As Coronavirus cases rise in India with each passing day, personal protective equipment like sanitisers and masks disappear from shelves of various supermarkets and stores. Moreover, there are reports that larger cities have started selling the coveted items at a double and triple price to panicky buyers. So, is hand gel or sanitisers really effective against fighting the global pandemic – coronavirus? And, if so, what are the things you should keep in mind, before buying one. NDTV speaks with experts to know all about hand sanitisers and if they are effective to prevent coronavirus. According to the World Health Organisation, precautionary measures like washing hands regularly with soap and water and keeping hands clean with an alcohol-based sanitiser is a must.

Dr. Sharad Joshi, Principal Consultant, Pulmonology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Vaishali says, “Washing hands with soap and water is more effective than using sanitiser. Sanitisers should be used by people who are travelling and do not have access to water and soap. It should be noted, if hands are loaded with dirt or oil, the effectiveness of sanitiser is comparatively less.”

Mr Joshi further talks about the precautionary measures one should take at this crucial time and said, “For coronavirus prevention, use a sanitiser with 60-70 per cent alcohol content. One should make use of a sanitiser immediately after interaction with someone who is sick or after touching any surface.”

Dr.Tejas Suresh Rao, Consultant Internal Medicine, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital Yeshwanthpur explains, “Sanitisers have been tested for various viruses. These can help in getting rid of all possible viruses on your hands. On should use an alcohol-based sanitiser with almost 70 per cent alcohol content. There are several other sanitisers available with an oil base or less alcohol. It is not recommended to use such sanitisers. There is no such data that can support the use of sanitisers other than alcohol-based.”

Dr Nahid Bhadelia from Boston Medical Center says, “From what we know about this coronavirus, it’s similar to SARS and MERS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and Middle East respiratory syndrome), so it should not be that difficult of a microorganism to kill, therefore soap and water, and alcohol-based hand sanitisers, can kill it. However, if soap or sanitisers is not used correctly, they will not be able to kill germs and will, therefore, be ineffective.

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India has already reported two deaths – one from Karnataka, where a 76-year-old man died in Kalaburagi district on March 13, who was tested positive for novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The following day, India reported its second death, which is of a 68-year-old woman from Delhi.

Amid the concerns and scare related to the virus, the government has also taken many steps to tackle the global crisis of COVID-19. The government has shut borders to existing visas – except diplomatic, official, UN/international organisations, employment and project – till April 15. Indian nationals are strongly advised to avoid all non-essential travel abroad and on their return, they can be subjected to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.

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Across the country, many schools, colleges and movie theatres have been shut down in order to avoid mass gathering and put a check on the spread of the COVID-19 – Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, to name a few, are the states that have taken this action.

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Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

World

22,70,55,138Cases
18,97,86,461Active
3,25,98,424Recovered
46,70,253Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,70,55,138 and 46,70,253 have died; 18,97,86,461 are active cases and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 5:36 am.

India

3,33,81,728 34,403Cases
3,39,0563,867Active
3,25,98,424 37,950Recovered
4,44,248 320Deaths
In India, there are 3,33,81,728 confirmed cases including 4,44,248 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,39,056 and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,11,525 3,595

52,893 310

63,20,310 3,240

1,38,322 45

Kerala

44,46,228 22,182

1,86,754 4,559

42,36,309 26,563

23,165 178

Karnataka

29,65,191 1,108

16,202 282

29,11,434 808

37,555 18

Tamil Nadu

26,40,361 1,693

16,756 120

25,88,334 1,548

35,271 25

Andhra Pradesh

20,34,786 1,367

14,708 105

20,06,034 1,248

14,044 14

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,628 23

193 11

16,86,549 11

22,886 1

West Bengal

15,59,567 707

8,025 25

15,32,922 725

18,620 7

Delhi

14,38,373 28

409 5

14,12,880 22

25,084 1

Odisha

10,18,298 580

5,335 105

10,04,845 681

8,118 4

Chhattisgarh

10,04,988 31

352 2

9,91,077 29

13,559

Rajasthan

9,54,230 4

103 1

9,45,173 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,677 22

149 0

8,15,446 22

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,374 7

119 5

7,81,738 12

10,517

Haryana

7,70,697 9

327 8

7,60,562 17

9,808

Bihar

7,25,864 12

72 6

7,16,134 6

9,658

Telangana

6,62,785 259

5,282 43

6,53,603 301

3,900 1

Punjab

6,01,180 30

314 11

5,84,399 38

16,467 3

Assam

5,97,074 468

5,381 15

5,85,914 479

5,779 4

Jharkhand

3,48,102 6

102 8

3,42,867 14

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,330 20

284 12

3,35,657 32

7,389

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,466 170

1,421 72

3,21,630 98

4,415

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,430 127

1,568 82

2,11,215 206

3,647 3

Goa

1,75,183 95

699 1

1,71,195 96

3,289

Puducherry

1,25,170 107

963 63

1,22,380 42

1,827 2

Manipur

1,17,913 216

2,614 7

1,13,478 219

1,821 4

Tripura

83,787 31

427 26

82,553 56

807 1

Meghalaya

78,958 229

1,804 140

75,784 86

1,370 3

Mizoram

76,591 1,121

13,888 85

62,449 1,202

254 4

Chandigarh

65,168 4

31 2

64,319 2

818

Arunachal Pradesh

53,990 47

536 9

53,183 56

271

Sikkim

30,802 64

775 28

29,648 36

379

Nagaland

30,763 32

505 14

29,610 44

648 2

Ladakh

20,631 6

41 1

20,383 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

5 0

10,661

4

Lakshadweep

10,353

4 0

10,298

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,595 3

15 2

7,451 1

129

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