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?
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.
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.