Hand Sanitizer vs. Hand Washing: Which Is More Effective on a Plane?

Hand Sanitizer vs Hand Washing Which Is More Effective on a Plane
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While the year 2020 has been unmistakably the year of the coronavirus, and with many months of this year spent in either partial or full lockdown; the world can’t just come to a complete halt.

There’s too much at stake and the economies of a significant number of countries (including some first world countries) can’t take it anymore. Now that that’s established, we need to find ways in order to resume as much as possible from ordinary life in the safest most responsible way possible.

Our topic today would be around the effectiveness of sanitizers and handwashing as a method to disinfect your hands whilst on a flight. This article is promising to unravel some interesting insights so let’s get to it.

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) strongly recommends the use of water and soap as a primary solution so disinfect your hands. The standard recommended period of a hand wash should be no less than 20 seconds while rubbing intently all relevant areas of the hands including the wrists, fingertips, back of the hands, and between the fingers.

This process should be done as often as possible and it becomes more necessary after sneezing or coughing, or before eating or touching one’s eyes, mouth, and nose. Of course, if your hands are visibly unclean it becomes imperative to wash them with hands and soap.

The operation of handwashing consists of three equally important steps: application, rubbing, and rinsing. The rubbing period should be no less than 15 seconds as previously mentioned and the hands should be rinsed clean after the previous step.

An important noteworthy point to mention here is that the water has to be potable. Using non-potable water makes the entire cleaning process nearly ineffective.

In the case where water and soap are not made readily available to you; hydroalcoholic hand sanitizers with an alcohol percentage of at least 60% can substitute the role of regular water and soap.
Naturally, a very thorough rub across all the aforementioned areas of your hands is in order in order to properly disinfect your hands using hand sanitizers.

When in a flight, and in conjunction with the recommendations of the CDC, the preference would be for the usage of potable water and soap in order to clean your hands.

But if the water source in the bathroom of the plane is not potable, then using hydroalcoholic hand sanitizers that contain an alcohol percentage between 60 to 95% should be sufficient to disinfect your hands.

Remember, a plane contains a lot of surfaces that could be filled with all sorts of pathogens. Surfaces like the seatbelt, tv screen the armrest, etc are ravaged with countless numbers of those little buggers so make sure you’re cautious enough and clean enough before eating or touching your face.

Now that you know a small part of the 2020 flight etiquette, you’re better equipped to take on the trips you need to take during this abnormal year.

Let us know what other safety measures you know of in the comments below and share the info of this article among your acquaintances for better safety and collective awareness.



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