Hand hygiene

More Germs are Spread by our Hands than by Almost Any Other Means

Microbes present on the hands are one of the main sources for the transfer of pathogens. Viruses and bacteria are spread not just by hand-to-hand contact but also by hand-to-surface contact1.

These bacteria and viruses are often found in high numbers and our skin naturally helps them to thrive, some for well over two hours2.

Hand washing and hand disinfection are therefore critical hygiene methods to reduce the spread of infectious diseases.

In many daily situations, hand washing is a sufficient measure. But in health care settings and at home when there is a risk of infection being passed among family members, disinfectant hand wash and alcohol-based hand rub formulations are recommended and provide a superior method of microbial control.

1 Source: H. Sax et al., J. Hosp. Infect. (2007), 67, 9-21.
2 Source: G Kempf et al., Dtsch Arztebl Int 2009, 106 (40), 649-655