Due to the covid 19 pandemic, people are trying their best to protect themselves against this deadly
virus, from practicing social distancing to wearing masks, washing hands with an antibacterial liquid
and using gloves. There are several safety measures suggested by health care experts for cab drivers
to prevent getting the coronavirus. However, one major factor to consider while trying to stay safe
during these stressful times is the frequent use of hand sanitizers.
Alcohol-based sanitizers are crucial for staying safe and germ-free.
The job of a cab driver requires them to step out of the house amidst the global pandemic, and therefore, just like their phone and tablet, they must keep an alcohol-based sanitizer with them at all times.
Wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds throughout the day
As a passenger using an online cab booking service, to ensure your hands are germ-free, you must, practicing effective hand washing techniques. Use antibacterial soap with water to wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds before going out. Since there is no place inside a cab to wash hands, make sure to use alcohol-based sanitizers to protect your hands from germs, dust and bacteria.
There are various misconceptions related to the use of alcohol sanitizers. In this article, we will share everything you need to know about hand sanitizers when using it inside a cab.
Alcohol-based sanitizers can lead to antibiotic resistance
A popular myth regarding the use of sanitizers is the fact frequent use of hand sanitizers can lead to antibiotic resistance. However, in reality, antibiotics are orally administered, whereas alcohols are for topical use. The mode of the mechanism of medicines is different from sanitizers. The alcohol present in the sanitizer rapidly kills the bacteria. It does not stay on your hands for an extended period like regular hand creams and lotions that we use to moisturize our hands. Numerous scientific researches suggest frequent use of the same antibiotics to be the main reason behind its resistance.
Hand sanitizers do not leave any harmful residue on the hands
Many people consider sanitizers to be responsible for making germs immune to antibacterial liquids and soaps. A key ingredient that is used in a lot of sanitizers is ethyl alcohol. It functions quickly by destroying the primary structure of proteins. As mentioned earlier, hand sanitizers do not leave any harmful residue on the hands that cause germs to become immune and harder to get rid of. Therefore, they are safe to use and can help us get rid of bacteria more effectively and efficiently.
Alcohol-based sanitizers are used for transient germs
Presently, there are two different categories of germs. The first one is transient, and the second one is resident organisms. The resident microorganisms are present on the different layers of our skin. The transient ones are only transmitted when we touch a surface that is already contaminated with them. Moreover, these germs can enter into our bodies and make us sick. Contrary to the common perception, alcohol-based sanitizers mostly kill transient germs and are not as useful for killing resident organisms. Alcohol hand sanitizers may kill resident microorganisms, but they may become active again very quickly.
Check the ingredients on the packaging of the sanitizers for buying one
Not all sanitizers have the same formula. Even two alcohol-based sanitizers may have different chemicals and ingredients. Similarly, alcohol-based sanitizers are different from non-alcohol ones. Therefore, you need to check the ingredients on the packaging of the sanitizers first buying one for yourself.
Use a non-alcohol based sanitizer instead of one with an alcohol base for sensitive skin
If you have sensitive skin that gets quickly dry, then try to use a non-alcohol based sanitizer instead of one with an alcohol base. Not all hand sanitizers contain triclosan. They are not used for making alcohol-based sanitizers. The FDA in the US prohibits the use of triclosan in many topical skin products.
To sum up
To prevent getting the coronavirus and other severe infections, you need to keep your hands clean and germ-free. Even if you have cleaned your hand with a good quality hand sanitizer, avoid touching your face with your hands. Make sure to a hand sanitizer in your bag every time you go out. Avoid making sanitizers at home and try to buy good quality sanitizers that are powerful enough to kill harmful germs without taking out your hands’ natural moisture.
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