Hand hygiene is an important part of the U.S. responseto the international emergence of COVID-19. Practicing hand hygiene, which includes the use of alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) or handwashing, is a simple yet effective way to prevent the spread of pathogens and infections in healthcare settings. CDC recommendations reflect this important role.
The exact contribution of hand hygieneto the reduction of direct and indirect spread of coronaviruses between people is currently unknown. However, hand washing mechanically removes pathogens, and laboratory data demonstrate that ABHR formulations in the range of alcohol concentrations recommended by CDC, inactivate SARS-CoV-2.
ABHR effectively reduces the number of pathogensthat may be present on the hands of healthcare providers after brief interactions with patients or the care environment.