Hand Sanitizers and the Coronavirus - What you should know

Hand Sanitizers and the Coronavirus - What you should know

Coronavirus is spreading in the United States. As of today, there are reported cases in over 30 states and the numbers are rising rapidly. On February 25th the CDC warned that the spread of COVID-19 in the United States was inevitable. On March 7th the CDC announced that the virus is “spreading in the community”, which means that it is being widely transmitted from person to person with no known original source. 

At this point, the coronavirus is officially a pandemic. There are cases in countries throughout the world and the number of cases is expected to continue rising sharply over the following weeks. The virus is difficult to contain because it has a long incubation period and can be spread from person to person before any symptoms are shown. Americans have been advised to limit their social interactions, disinfect surfaces, stockpile food, and home goods, wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. 

The United States is also in the full grip of its traditional flu season, with every region of the country currently reporting high levels of new flu infections.  While the coronavirus does not seem to impact young children, this year’s prevalent strain of type-B flu hits children and young adults the hardest. Between coronavirus and Type-B influenza, every age group within the country’s population is currently at risk.   

Prevention techniques are similar to the flu and the coronavirus. Medical masks are not recommended unless a person is a known carrier of coronavirus. The types of masks that are effective are expensive, uncomfortable and leak easily. People are advised to avoid close contact with people who are ill, sanitize surfaces with disinfectant sprays and wipes, to wash their hands frequently and to use hand sanitizer. 


Using the correct method to wash your hands is important, otherwise, they will not be properly disinfected. You should wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds every time you have access to a sink. Soap breaks down the dirt and oil on your hands and also disrupts the protein mantle of the virus.  The water washes away the grime and germs. You must rub your hands together and thoroughly scrub all areas of your hands for washing to be effective. 

While proper handwashing is the best defense against the virus, studies have shown that only 5% of people who wash their hands do so effectively. Not washing the hands long enough or not scrubbing vigorously enough are the two main culprits. The foaming soap that many public bathrooms provide is not effective for disinfecting hands. Even if you did everything right, the moment you touch a surface your hands become recontaminated. 

Even if you are great at handwashing techniques, you probably don’t have access to a sink frequently enough to meet the daily handwashing requirements. The CDC publishes a list of ten daily activities that should always trigger hand washing. It is generally agreed that washing your hands six times a day is the bare minimum for effective personal hygiene. Most of the population simply cannot meet those standards.   

When you cannot wash your hands, you should use a hand sanitizer gel. Hand sanitizer is a very convenient product that you can carry with you and use it as often as you wish. Hand sanitizer should be applied liberally, making sure you target all areas of the hands from the nail beds to the wrists.

Using hand sanitizer not only disinfects your hands, but it also gives you some disinfectant protection as you touch contaminated items shortly after application. In a pinch, you can also use it as a surface disinfectant. It is an all-around weapon against infectious disease. You should not be without it as the flu and coronavirus spread throughout the nation. 

Unfortunately, there has been a run on hand sanitizer and stores throughout the country are out of stock. The State of New York has begun producing its own hand sanitizer to meet the demand. Price gouging is already being seen, with prices for hand sanitizer surging to $80 a bottle in some stores. Amazon has even run out of stock, and the major manufacturer Purell has a manufacturing shortage. 

As people search for options they have begun turning to lesser known brands and also mixing up their own recipes at home. Many of these products and recipes are based on essential oils or have less alcohol in them than is necessary to kill germs. Unfortunately, this means that many people are using hand sanitizer products that are not effective.

There is a minimum threshold of 60% alcohol that must be present in hand sanitizer for it to be effective. The type of alcohol used affects the percentage of alcohol in the final solution. The way that the solution is mixed determines if the threshold is consistently met with each dose you apply to your hands. It is important that you source a supply of affordable high-quality sanitizer that will provide the disinfecting power that you need. 

In light of the current shortage, we have released a new hand sanitizer product. We have a large quantity in stock and ready to ship. We will not participate in the rampant price gouging that is happening in many retail locations. Our goal is to help our customers stay safe and protected. 

As with all of our products, we have focused on creating a natural solution that is free of unnecessary and harmful chemicals. We use an Aloe Vera gel as the base for our hand sanitizer, and every dose contains 62% ethyl alcohol. This creates an effective germ-killing gel that helps to keep your hands from drying out.

Many health-conscious people have been reluctant to use hand sanitizers because of the unhealthy ingredients used by major brands. Our product contains no parabens, triclosan or penetration enhancing chemicals. We are committed to providing a product that is safe for you to use.  

While the aloe vera gel that we use as a base for our hand sanitizer counteracts the drying effects of the alcohol, the skin on your hands will still take a toll from constant washing and sanitizing. Remember that you should still be washing your hands with soap and water every chance you get, in addition to using sanitizer frequently. This is the price we must pay to avoid infection, but we should be mindful of the effects it has on our skin. 

While many people focus on an anti-aging and deep moisturizing skin routine for their face, they often neglect the sensitive skin of the neck, bust, and hands. Hands usually show the worst signs of aging, as they receive a great deal of sun and environmental exposure. During this pandemic, our hands will take an even greater amount of exposure and environmental abuse. 

It's very important to use moisturizing hand cream to combat the dryness and irritation that can come from frequent washing and liberal use of hand sanitizers. Carry a day cream with you, and apply it when your hands feel dry. Use a heavy cream before you go to bed at night. This way your hands can heal and restore themselves as you sleep. Our night and day creams work just as well on your hands as they do on your face. 

While the coronavirus threat is concerning and many people will become ill, the mortality rate for this illness is still fairly low. Older people are at a much higher rate for fatal complications, but some young people have already succumbed to the disease. It's important to know the signs and symptoms, and when you should go to the hospital. 

Coronavirus is a respiratory illness which starts in the nose and throat. Primary symptoms are fatigue, fever, sore throat, congestion, sneezing and a dry cough. Coronavirus is rated in three severities; mild, medium and severe. As long as symptoms stay in the upper respiratory tract, confined to the nose and throat, then the illness is considered mild. 

The tipping point for coronavirus comes when it descends into the lungs. At this point, it becomes extremely aggressive and quickly escalates to severe pneumonia. Anyone who has a cough in the lungs or difficulty breathing has progressed into the medium category and should go to the hospital for treatment. Call the hospital before you arrive and wear a mask if possible. 

It is important to get treatment as soon as the tipping point is recognized. The disease can rapidly progress from medium to severe. Body systems begin to shut down and patients die from septic shock. While the death rate for the disease is currently slightly above 3%, over 20% of those infected will experience severe or critical symptoms. Don’t delay going to the hospital if you have symptoms involving your lungs!

We are doing our small part to help you stay healthy and beautiful during this pandemic. Our product is in stock and reasonably priced. Our natural formula provides you strong germ-fighting properties without unnecessary chemicals. Order today, keep washing your hands and don’t forget the moisturizer!