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Even medical professionals trust hand sanitizer to protect against various germs, including the flu - but a new study suggests we shouldn't trust the beloved gel.
Scientists at Kyoto Profectural University in Japan found that the flu can a slather of hand sani when the virus is in mucus, like what be expelled by sneeze.
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Even after two minutes of soaking in the alcohol-based disinfectant, the virus was still alive.
The brave volunteers who let scientists put flu-infected mucus on their hands had to keep rubbing the sanitizer around their hands for four minutes to totally squash the virus.
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The scientists advise that washing with warm water and antibiotic soap while thoroughly rubbing your hands together can kill the flu in 30 seconds.
Without fail, the flu pandemic sweeps the globe every year, killing between 250,000 and 500,000 people each time.
Seasons - Others - Strains - Years
Some seasons are worse than others and different strains dominate different years.
Typically in the US, the flu virus starts to be active in October.
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But this year, there has already been one death from flu. A four-year-old child in California who had underlying health conditions who died earlier this month.
'We should never forget that the flu still kills,' said Dr Cameron Kaiser, County Public Health Officer for Riverside, where the child died.
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'I always recommend people get their flu shots every year, but a death so early in the flu season suggests this year may be worse than usual.'
The flu shot may protect you from the virus - which is mostly deadly for elderly people, children and those with other medical condition, but can turn fatal for healthy adults in bad seasons - but hand sanitizer is unlikely to.
Hand - Sanitizers - Form - Alcohol
Most hand sanitizers are made using a form of alcohol.
Some contain antibiotics compounds, which are more likely...
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