A 21-year-old female asked:

I used a hand sanitizer with alcohol and then i accidentally touched a small part of the skin near my eye (but didn't rub). i washed my hands and face after, will covid transmit like that?

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Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 40 years experience
A 70 percent isopropyl alcohol solution or more is effective against most bacteria & fungi & many viruses. If the alcohol concentration in your hand sanitizer is 70 percent or more you should be relatively safe. Frequent hand washing with soap & water for at least 20 seconds is also effective for Covid-19. So continue to maintain very good hygiene. I wish you well with your health!
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Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 42 years experience
Provided original answer
I also recommend getting vaccinated for Covid-19 unless there are any contradictions. And due to the delta variant I also suggest wearing face masks when in crowded places at this time
Aug 13, 2021
Last updated Aug 13, 2021


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