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The Importance of Good Hand Hygiene in the Battle Against COVID-19

Hand hygiene is the key to prevention of pathogenic transmission. Utilizing both hand washing and/or alcohol-based hand sanitizers will decrease the number of microbes which can contaminate your hands.

Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent the spread of germs and discourage infections. Regular hand washing, whether you are at home, at work, traveling, or out in the community, will drastically protect both you and your family. 

Hand Hygiene Helps to Save Lives and Combat COVID-19

Hand hygiene is currently our strongest weapon to help reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Hand-washing is the best option, but when soap and water are unavailable, using a alcohol-based hand sanitizer authorized by Health Canada can help save lives and reduce transmission of germs.

The simple truth is that most germs or viruses are spread by people’s actions. Everytime you go the grocery store, you may come in contact with germs left on a shopping cart, throughout the store shelves, or when handling cash or debit pin pads.

Washing your hands often with plain soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the number-one defense humans have to protect themselves. This is especially essential after going to the bathroom, before and after eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing one’s nose.

When soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer is the next best tool to combat germs and viruses. Not all hand santiizers are the same. The CDC recommends a hand santizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol-content. The alcohol should be ethyl-based or isopropyl-based. Avoid any hand sanitizer which utilizes methanol.

BioLife Sciences produces one of the most effective hand sanitizers available in Canada. BioLife Sciences hand sanitizers are made with 70% Ethyl-Alcohol Hand Sanitizer. Additionally, they are infused with a patented formulation of ionized silver. This exceeds the recommended minimum amount of alcohol required by the CDC. BioLife Sciences hand sanitizers are authorized by Health Canada and NPN-Licensed.

COVID-19 Cases in Canada
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COVID-19 Cases in Canada

Despite the best efforts of the Canadian government to limit the public’s exposure to the COVID-19 virus, there has been a significant amount of cases and even deaths due to the virus. Given the current lack of effective therapeutics or vaccine for COVID-19, it is up the genral public to mitigate the risks of this virus by continuing to practice good hand hygiene. 

Canda is one of 22 countries which has exceeded 100,000 total cases of COVID-19 and Canada ranks 14th worldwide for the most deaths in a country.

Flattening the Curve with Hand Sanitizer

While hand-washing is always the top option, there are many times where soap and water will be unavailable. Keeping a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you at all times can truly make a huge difference. Imagine going to the gas station and paying for your gas (where you used a debit machine used by countless people in the last hour alone), and handled the gas pump itself (which is touched by over 1,000 people every day). Once you are done pumping your gas, you go to the bathroom to wash your hands but the soap dispenser is empty. In an instance like this, having a hand sanitizer with you can make the difference between safety and danger.

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