Alcohol-based hand sanitisers kill more than 99 per cent of germs that infect humans, but they don’t kill spores from viruses such as norovirus or C. difficile, according to a New York-based epidemiologist. Photo: Alamy

Hand sanitisers: good or bad? Good, say experts, but soap and water is sometimes better

  • Alcohol hand sanitisers are the ‘fastest and best’ way to clean hands, says one epidemiology professor, though the effects are short-lived and there are some exceptions
  • But one researcher found that the bacterium E. faecium is becoming more tolerant to alcohol-based hand-sanitisers in hospital environments
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Alcohol-based hand sanitisers kill more than 99 per cent of germs that infect humans, but they don’t kill spores from viruses such as norovirus or C. difficile, according to a New York-based epidemiologist. Photo: Alamy
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