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Doctor insights on: Handwashing

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Does hand sanitizer kill Ebola virus?

Does hand sanitizer kill Ebola virus?

No: It doesn't kill but does help prevent its spread. See Healthtap blog on the Ebola virus. ...Read more

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Are viruses contagious through toilets?

Are viruses contagious through toilets?

Yes, any physical: Or airborne droplet contact may transmit viruses. Note this has been happening since the day you were born so most viral transmissions do not cause harm. Use common sense cleanliness - avoid direct skin contact on public toilet seats (or wipe with bleach towelette), wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, leave the place clean for the next user. At home use diluted bleach. ...Read more

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Is hand soap effective at removing germs to wash dishes?

Is hand soap effective at removing germs to wash dishes?

Yes: Hand washing with use of a soap or detergent can be effective in removing germs. Also, alcohol based "hand sanitizers" can serve this purpose. ...Read more

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Does handwashing with soap and water work better than hand sanitizer?

Does handwashing with soap and water work better than hand sanitizer?

Depends: I think both are adequate as long as they are done correctly. I am not sure there has been a lot of studies in this area but I do know that soap and water is better for one particular bacteria called C. dificile- the main things are time and contact so that the whole hand gets covered and the rubbing helps get bacteria off the hands ...Read more

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How would hand sanitizer help against bacteria/virus?

How would hand sanitizer help against bacteria/virus?

May or may not: Reducing the number of potentially pathogenic microorganisms with sanitizer may reduce the risk of infection. ...Read more

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How effective are alcohol-based hand sanitizers or benzalkonium chloride sanitizing wipes at killing cold germs?

How effective are alcohol-based hand sanitizers or benzalkonium chloride sanitizing wipes at killing cold germs?

100%: Both are 100% effective if used properly: make sure all areas are wiped (e.g., back and front of hands, fingertips, under the nails, etc) and keep rubbing until the alcohol or moisture from the wipes has dried. No cold viruses can survive such treatment. Soap and water also works! ...Read more

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Licking fingers and touching money transmit hepatitis b?

Licking fingers and touching money transmit hepatitis b?

Unlikely: If your fingers are otherwise normal, without cracks or open lesions, it is unlikely touching money will give you hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is usually transmitted from close personal contact as in toothbrush and razor sharing, needle sticks or other exposure to blood. There can be maternal to fetal transmission during delivery. ...Read more

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Could household breathing masks protect against secondhand smoke?

Could household breathing masks protect against secondhand smoke?

Not much: it might screen out some of the larger particulate matter, but not the smaller particles as well as the molecules in the smoke, like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. The best treatment is to prevent it. If people are smoking in your home, don't allow it. If you don't have a choice, try negotiating a 'smoking room' which could be outfitted with "smoke-eaters." Check with your towns laws on this. ...Read more

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Can we kill HIV with Dettol hand wash after touching infected person sweat?

Can we kill HIV with Dettol hand wash after touching infected person sweat?

Don't Sweat it: HIV is NOT spread by: air or water, insects, including mosquitoes or ticks, saliva, tears, or sweat, casual contact, like shaking hands, hugging or sharing dishes/drinking glasses, drinking fountains, or (non-bloody) toilet seats. So don't sweat it. You have to be up-close and really personal (blood,semen,pre-seminal fluid,rectal fluids, vaginal fluids,breast milk) or REALLLY unlucky. ...Read more

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What works better for cleaning hands, washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer?

To actually wash : Stuff off of hands- soap and water. The hand sanitizer just kills germs - it isn't designed for removing gunk off of hands. ...Read more

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Can hand sanitizer kill or inactivate rabies virus?

Can hand sanitizer kill or inactivate rabies virus?

Killing Rabies virus: Unfortunately hand sanitizers are not effective against Rabies virus, while they may be useful in others and many bacteria. Household bleach is more effective against Rabies virus, as it is against many other viral and bacterial agents, including staph infections. One way to make an effective solution is to mix 1/2 cup of household bleach in a gallon of water for spraying or washing with. ...Read more

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Does Normal Clothes Washing and Ironing kills Adenovirus(Conjunctivitis)?

Yes: Assuming detergent is added and the wash is dried in a drier. ...Read more

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Can better hygiene prevent rotavirus infection?

Can better hygiene prevent rotavirus infection?

Yes.: Good handwashing is key! rotavirus causes bad diarrhea and in newborns, elderly and people with weak immune systems, can cause severe dehydration... And sometimes death. Another way to prevent rotavirus is to have your infant vaccinated. The vaccine is safe and effective. Cheers! ...Read more

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Personel protection kit for health care personel against avian influenza?

Personel protection kit for health care personel against avian influenza?

Not in US: Avian, or bird flu, is not currently a threat in the us and do not normally infect humans, but sporadic human infections have occurred. H5n1 is a highly pathogenic avian flu virus, that if recombined with human inf. A could result in human-to-human transmission. Best protection:avoid source of exposure (prolonged contact with sick or dead infected poultry, personal protective equipment, hand wash. ...Read more

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What are universal precautions against bloodborne illnesses?

What are universal precautions against bloodborne illnesses?

Precautions: Universal precautions contain barrier protection gloves, gowns, masks etc to prevent spread of infection. Also hand washing is emphasized. ...Read more

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Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by doing handwashing and keeping surfaces clean. Plz list the cleaners and describe the practices?

Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by doing handwashing and keeping surfaces clean. Plz list the cleaners and describe the practices?

Soap and alcohol: Many anti bacterial soap with at least 2 minutes scrub reduce the bacteria well. Also alcohol wash is generally welll used in the hospital before entering the patient room. ...Read more

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Rabies virus is spread by air?

Rabies virus is spread by air?

Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal transplants. ...Read more