Hand sanitizer should destroy the novel coronavirus.
Hand sanitizer destroys viruses that are similar to the novel coronavirus, so experts believe it will work against the novel coronavirus, too.
- Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol works best. Look for labels with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol.
- Cover all surfaces of both hands with the sanitizer. Read the package to be sure you’re using the right amount.
- Store and use hand sanitizer carefully, especially around children. Swallowing hand sanitizer can cause alcohol poisoning. Sanitizer also can catch on fire.
- Be sure the hand sanitizer is not on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's list of hand sanitizers that should not be used. These hand sanitizers have been found to contain toxic ingredients.
If you’re near a sink, wash with soap and water instead.
Scrubbing with soap for 20 seconds and rinsing well is the best way to get the novel coronavirus—and other germs—off your hands.
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- CDC – Coronavirus (COVID-19), How to Protect Yourself & Others
- World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) News and Resources
- American Public Health Association – Preventing coronavirus
Last updated: July 29, 2020