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: 115088

Reported Deaths: 3255
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds7973177
DeSoto703979
Harrison522384
Jackson457884
Rankin394086
Madison383194
Lee357380
Forrest304678
Jones292484
Washington258399
Lafayette250443
Lauderdale2478135
Lamar225538
Oktibbeha202454
Bolivar201677
Neshoba1849111
Lowndes179962
Panola170040
Leflore167187
Sunflower162349
Warren154855
Monroe150673
Pontotoc147220
Marshall143129
Lincoln140157
Pike138456
Copiah137536
Scott125429
Coahoma124937
Grenada122638
Yazoo122234
Simpson121549
Union118825
Tate116839
Leake115041
Holmes114760
Itawamba113925
Pearl River113660
Adams108544
Prentiss106120
Wayne101722
Alcorn100112
George99218
Covington97527
Marion95042
Tippah90322
Newton86627
Chickasaw85526
Tallahatchie84526
Winston84121
Hancock84028
Tishomingo81241
Attala79426
Clarke75851
Clay69321
Jasper68717
Walthall63927
Calhoun62612
Noxubee59817
Smith59416
Montgomery54923
Yalobusha54514
Claiborne53716
Tunica53517
Lawrence51814
Perry49423
Carroll49312
Greene47818
Stone47514
Humphreys43816
Amite42513
Quitman4206
Jefferson Davis41011
Webster37613
Benton3416
Wilkinson33820
Kemper32615
Sharkey28514
Jefferson27610
Franklin2423
Choctaw2086
Issaquena1074
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 155915

Reported Deaths: 2674
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson23129377
Mobile16849315
Tuscaloosa10296140
Montgomery10197197
Madison928096
Shelby733863
Baldwin663769
Lee653465
Calhoun456761
Marshall438150
Etowah426551
Houston414834
Morgan412035
DeKalb338829
Elmore320053
St. Clair292542
Limestone284230
Walker277292
Talladega265335
Cullman244024
Lauderdale226242
Jackson214915
Franklin205231
Autauga204831
Colbert200532
Russell19443
Blount192525
Chilton186932
Dallas186527
Coffee176311
Dale175151
Covington174029
Escambia172530
Chambers135044
Clarke134317
Pike133513
Tallapoosa131787
Marion107629
Barbour10319
Marengo100822
Butler100740
Winston92213
Geneva9007
Lawrence85032
Pickens84718
Bibb82814
Randolph82316
Hale76730
Washington74412
Clay74112
Cherokee73314
Lowndes70928
Henry7086
Bullock64817
Monroe64610
Crenshaw60630
Perry5896
Fayette57413
Wilcox56712
Conecuh56113
Cleburne5568
Macon53420
Lamar4905
Sumter47221
Choctaw39012
Greene34216
Coosa2033
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