Winter is here, and cold weather is starting to set in. For many, that
means concerns about germs during cold and flu season. Millions of people
(not to mention the nation’s top doctors and hospitals) have come
to rely heavily on alcohol-based gel hand sanitizers such as Purell to
stay germ-free through the winter and beyond. However, research shows
that these products might not be as helpful as many of us have been led
Hand sanitizers such as Purell generally contain some form of alcohol,
which acts as an antiseptic. That means that these
products can effectively eliminate some bacteria and viruses that can cause infections. However,
they won’t kill every single disease-causing germ that you might
pick up over the course of your day. Additionally, if your hands are particularly
dirty, simple hand sanitizer alone won’t do the trick – you
should be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap.
Obviously, alcohol-based hand sanitizers such as Purell should have a place
in your (and your doctor and hospital’s) armormentarium, but don’t
rely on them exclusively or overestimate their bacteria-and-virus-killing
powers. Not only do they fail to kill all types of germs, but they can
also be rough on your skin. Importantly, they can also be hazardous to
young children, since they have a very high alcohol concentration (often
60% or higher), and they can cause alcohol poisoning if swallowed. So,
while doctors advise that these products can be useful, regular hand washing
is still the best method for keeping the germs at bay.
See our post
here for more analysis of conventional medical wisdom – you might find
the insights surprising as well as compelling.
Call our experienced
D.C. medical malpractice attorneys for a consultation about how you can potentially obtain compensation for
errors made by your doctor, surgeon or pharmacist.