Should I use hand sanitizers?
Steven Jerome Parker, MD
I like hand sanitizers. But really good hand washing works just as well as antibacterial products for ridding your hands of bacteria and viruses and helping to prevent infections. The truth is, sometimes you don't want to wash your hands, you don't have time, and the hand sanitizer is right there. So it definitely helps to kill germs and prevent the spread of illness, even when we're too lazy to wash.
But do you need to use hand sanitizers? Absolutely not. It's not necessary if you use good hand washing practices. Any soap and water will do. And providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer seems to be one way to get people to "wash their hands" without having to go to the sink.