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Americans Use Hand Sanitizers for Peace of Mind but Don't Know Leading Hand Sanitizers Stop Working After Two Minutes
Date:11/4/2010

DALLAS, Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 50 percent of Americans think hand sanitizers last 30 times longer than the leading products actually do, according to results from a nationwide survey. Many Americans use this soap and water substitute for peace of mind, but what they don't know is that leading, short-acting, old-fashioned hand sanitizers only last two minutes.

Fifty-eight percent of the 1,007 men and women polled said they believe their hand sanitizer keeps germs at bay for an hour or more.  In fact, the leading products on the market today eliminate germs on contact but work for as little as two minutes.

"This is a common misperception among consumers," said Lawton Seal, Ph.D., S.M., director of medical science for infection prevention at Healthpoint Ltd., a wound-care company based in Fort Worth, Texas.  "People are unaware that they are vulnerable to germs almost immediately after they cleanse their hands with short-acting hand sanitizers."  

Of those Americans who use hand sanitizers, 71 percent said they use them for peace of mind.  Most Americans – 81 percent of those surveyed – said they were worried that germs will cause them to get sick, and 73 percent of those polled said they were concerned they will transfer germs to their families and friends.  

Among survey respondents, 29 percent said they think retail stores, grocery stores and ATMs are the "germiest" locations they frequent.  Eighteen percent targeted transportation – subways, trains, buses and planes – as having the most germs.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), keeping hands clean is one of the most effective steps people can take to avoid getting sick and passing on germs to others.  When soap and water are unavailable, the CDC recommends the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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