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Could i use hand sanitizer instead of washing my hands?

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Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Kills most things: Hand sanitizers will kill most common germs. However it does not kill all things. If you have been in a hospital setting or have been around very sick people, i would advise warm soap and water, washing for 30 seconds before rinsing.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: But hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds is considered a better option.

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Last updated May 16, 2020

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