Using Vodka As Hand Sanitizer : Is It Really A Good Idea?

Hand sanitizer - an absolutely plum product one can use on their hands to stay distant from infectious diseases. The hand sanitizer is present in liquid form and contains a certain amount of alcohol that kills the microorganism present in hands.

Presently, the world is wrangling with the deadly Coronavirus and the most uncomplicated approach to save from getting attacked with this virus is to keep ourselves clean by washing hands after every hour, not going to crowded places, not eating a lot of junk food and more.

Since the day people have come to know that hand sanitizers can prevent them from Coronavirus, the shopkeepers who used to have a good amount of hand sanitizers with them have observed a tremendous growth in the sale that resulted in the product getting out of stock.

According to USA Today, the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) says, the paramount way to clean your hands is to wash hands using soap and applying a hand sanitizer after it. But as it is stock not easily available at stores, people have started implementing an alternative method that is making sanitizer at home using Vodka. But the question that hits here is, “Is it really a good idea to use vodka as a hand sanitizer”?

As the fundamental involvement is about safety from the Coronavirus attack, a hand sanitizer having at least 60% of alcohol is highly recommended therefore using Vodka is not a good idea as it contains minimum of 40% of alcohol, not more than that.

Recently an American citizen tweeted that he has brought Tito’s Vodka to make hand sanitizer at home to which Tito instantly replied that he should drop the idea because Tito’s vodka includes only 40% of alcohol.

Lately, USA today also disclosed that vodkas do not have the power and capability to kill viruses as they are concentrated enough and do not contain a minimum amount of alcohol that should be there to kill germs.

Coronavirus Precautions : What Needs to be Done?

  • Wash your hands at regular intervals for at least 20 seconds to kill germs.
  • If you are out of soap, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Make sure the sanitizer you are using is having more than 60% alcohol by volume.
  • Do not touch your mouth, eyes and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid roaming in crowd.
  • Keep distance from people who are sick.
  • If you are suffering from cough or cold, keep a tissue and consult the doctor as soon as possible.
  • Do not travel as the situation at present is quite serious. Do work from home if possible.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.Will consuming alcohol protect you from Coronavirus?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), you cannot protect yourself from coronavirus by drinking alcohol. Infact, this is a myth that drinking alcohol can protect you from the virus. However, you can still consume alcohol but there is no meaning in expecting alcohol to play the role of a shield.

2.Is it mandatory for children to wear masks?

Masks are for those who are suffering from illness like cold, cough and fever. If your children are healthy then there is no need to make them wear the mask but yes, refrain them from going out of the house as much as possible.

3.Are the symptoms of coronavirus different in adults and kids?

No, the symptoms in kids as well as in adults are the same. However, kids who are diagnosed from coronavirus are suffering from mild fever, cold and cough.

4.Is there any vaccine available for Coronavirus?

At present, there is no specific vaccine handy for the virus. People were not at all prepared for fighting with this dangerous virus so there was no specific drug or vaccine made for it. However, keeping the major symptoms in mind, doctors are treating patients by trying to cool down their fever and helping them get rid of cold and cough.

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