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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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Coronavirus Outbreak

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

26,10,35,501Cases
22,18,42,204Active
3,39,98,278Recovered
51,95,019Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,10,35,501 and 51,95,019 have died; 22,18,42,204 are active cases and 3,39,98,278 have recovered as on November 28, 2021 at 3:39 am.

India

3,45,72,523 8,774Cases
1,05,6911,328Active
3,39,98,278 9,481Recovered
4,68,554 621Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,72,523 confirmed cases including 4,68,554 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,05,691 and 3,39,98,278 have recovered as on November 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,33,612 507

11,905 248

64,80,799 738

1,40,908 17

Kerala

51,29,359 4,741

49,152 957

50,40,528 5,144

39,679 554

Karnataka

29,95,285 322

6,783 143

29,50,306 176

38,196 3

Tamil Nadu

27,24,731 740

8,382 36

26,79,895 765

36,454 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,446 248

2,158 5

20,55,856 253

14,432

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,373 5

86 5

16,87,377 9

22,910 1

West Bengal

16,14,152 701

7,820 27

15,86,882 717

19,450 11

Delhi

14,40,834 27

290 11

14,15,448 37

25,096 1

Odisha

10,48,492 264

2,222 6

10,37,864 255

8,406 3

Chhattisgarh

10,06,733 27

326 7

9,92,814 20

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,741 26

187 13

9,45,599 13

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,382 28

291 17

8,16,999 45

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,120 23

112 9

7,82,480 14

10,528

Haryana

7,71,654 11

159 1

7,61,441 10

10,054

Bihar

7,26,212 3

39 6

7,16,510 9

9,663

Telangana

6,75,479 160

3,545 11

6,67,946 148

3,988 1

Assam

6,16,435 123

2,720 71

6,07,624 189

6,091 5

Punjab

6,03,190 17

313 22

5,86,284 39

16,593

Jharkhand

3,49,216 20

109 0

3,43,967 20

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,183 14

150 6

3,36,626 8

7,407

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,386 149

1,724 5

3,30,189 141

4,473 3

Himachal Pradesh

2,26,941 82

809 18

2,22,287 97

3,845 3

Goa

1,78,839 40

275 9

1,75,183 31

3,381

Mizoram

1,34,279 358

4,117 110

1,29,672 466

490 2

Puducherry

1,28,860 35

326 5

1,26,662 30

1,872

Manipur

1,25,117 19

673 1

1,22,474 18

1,970 2

Tripura

84,784 13

89 9

83,874 3

821 1

Meghalaya

84,414 20

308 27

82,635 44

1,471 3

Chandigarh

65,443 5

52 4

64,571 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,269 9

37 4

54,952 5

280

Sikkim

32,211 4

114 5

31,694 9

403

Nagaland

32,100 4

135 1

31,269 5

696

Ladakh

21,494 27

249 6

21,032 21

213

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

28 1

10,315 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,680 2

5 2

7,546

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