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What works best? Soap or hand sanitizer

What works best to kill germs?

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 6:57 PM
Updated: Mar 14, 2020 1:16 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have been telling you that you need to wash your hands to help prevent the spread of the virus.

However, a lot of people are flocking to the stores to get any type of hand sanitizer.

And while some hand sanitizers are good at preventing germs, the CDC says washing your hands with soap is still better?

Why?

While hand sanitizer can remove the germs on your skin, hand washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds actually kills the germs and also removes any dirt, debris, and spores that could make you sick.

Hand sanitizers can't kill some viruses, including the norovirus and some parasites.

If you can't wash your hands and need to use hand sanitizer, make sure you're using the right one.

There are a million different kinds of hand sanitizers on the market, but doctors say the best one at keeping you healthy is hand sanitizer with around 62 percent to 70 percent ethyl alcohol.

And make sure you got enough hand sanitizer that takes your hands at least 15 to 20 seconds for them to dry.

So let's say you do catch COVID-19.

Now what?

Well, right now there isn't a vaccine against getting the virus, and antibiotics are ineffective because it's a viral infection, not bacterial.

The most common symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue.

And depending on how severe your symptoms are, you may have to be taken to a hospital.

However, almost 80 percent of cases of the virus have been treated with home health care.

So, if you're generally healthy and your symptoms are mild, your doctor will likely advise your to isolate yourself at home, limit your contact with others, and take care of yourself by resting, staying hydrated, and keep monitoring your symptoms.

However, if you're older and have any underlying health conditions, be sure to contact your doctor as soon as you notice any symptoms.

And, if your symptoms worsen with home care, call your doctor or local hospital immediately, tell them you're coming in, and wear a face mask once you leave home.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 36680

Reported Deaths: 1250
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds304154
DeSoto200920
Madison150839
Jones123149
Harrison118316
Rankin113719
Neshoba104577
Forrest104343
Lauderdale97281
Scott83115
Jackson80419
Washington75313
Copiah67516
Leake63520
Lee63022
Grenada6259
Oktibbeha62328
Warren60021
Holmes59841
Lamar5847
Wayne56819
Yazoo5667
Lowndes54917
Leflore53956
Lincoln53835
Pike51120
Lafayette5094
Sunflower5058
Panola4616
Monroe46036
Simpson4533
Covington4505
Bolivar41618
Tate39513
Attala38624
Newton37710
Adams36720
Pontotoc3636
Marion34912
Claiborne31511
Pearl River30832
Chickasaw30219
Winston30211
Marshall2973
Jasper2826
Noxubee2799
Walthall2748
Clay26211
Smith25612
Union25612
Coahoma2356
Clarke22825
Lawrence2162
Yalobusha2089
Tallahatchie1974
Montgomery1863
Kemper18414
Carroll18311
Humphreys17410
Calhoun1705
Hancock15213
Itawamba1478
Tippah14711
Jefferson1373
Webster13511
Prentiss1274
Tunica1263
George1253
Jefferson Davis1254
Greene11610
Alcorn1112
Amite1113
Tishomingo1091
Quitman1011
Wilkinson1019
Perry914
Stone772
Choctaw764
Franklin572
Sharkey480
Benton470
Issaquena111
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 54768

Reported Deaths: 1096
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson7012170
Mobile5061140
Montgomery4599112
Tuscaloosa274353
Madison25359
Marshall205012
Shelby176425
Lee164737
Morgan13975
Baldwin134111
Walker111332
Elmore107622
Etowah106914
Dallas10189
DeKalb10017
Franklin95016
Unassigned77728
Autauga71515
Russell7130
Chambers68530
Cullman6686
Limestone6653
Butler65529
Houston6417
Tallapoosa63069
Lauderdale6006
St. Clair5983
Calhoun5545
Colbert5286
Escambia5128
Lowndes49222
Pike4805
Jackson4422
Coffee4364
Covington43512
Talladega4177
Dale4061
Barbour4022
Bullock37810
Hale36323
Marengo36111
Chilton3452
Blount3311
Clarke3236
Wilcox3158
Marion30914
Winston3095
Sumter29713
Pickens2786
Randolph2759
Monroe2683
Perry2552
Conecuh2388
Bibb2271
Macon2229
Choctaw22012
Greene2009
Henry1573
Washington1529
Lawrence1460
Crenshaw1343
Cherokee1317
Geneva1010
Fayette901
Clay892
Lamar891
Coosa671
Cleburne481
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