UNITED STATES – Health officials across America are encouraging citizens to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by not just wearing masks and socially distancing, but by regularly washing hands or using sanitizer. But some government organizations, like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are going as far as to issue press releases urging good hand hygiene in the time of Coronavirus.
“Each of us can help stop the spread of COVID-19 disease by washing our hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds – especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.,” the FDA said on their website. “If soap and water are not available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that consumers use alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol.”
The FDA also warned of a growing number of recalled hand-sanitizers due to chemical contamination. As of Aug. 26, the recall list had grown to 165.
“Beware of hand sanitizer products containing methanol (wood alcohol), which isn’t an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizer products and can be toxic,” The FDA said.
Most reputable sanitizer companies use isopropyl or ethyl alcohol. SaniGo, a veteran-owned small business producing USA made sanitizer in Indianapolis, IN., formulated their industrial antiseptic hand rub in accordance with FDA regulations.
“It was very important to us to not cut corners when it comes to customer safety,” SaniGo Business Development Manager Jordan Mendenhall said. “We genuinely care about your family, that’s why our sanitizer is made is 75 percent isopropyl alcohol.”
Mendenhall added hand sanitizer is for external use only, and should never be ingested. The FDA also urged all those using alcohol-based hand sanitizers to always read and follow the Drug Facts label, particularly the warnings section.
“The alcohol in hand sanitizer works best when you rub hand sanitizer all over your hands, making sure to get between your fingers and on the back of your hands. Do not wipe or rinse off the hand sanitizer before it is dry,” The FDA website said. “Do not use hand sanitizer if your hands are visibly dirty or greasy; wash your hands with soap and water instead.”
For more information about the proper use of hand sanitizer, visit the FDA website.