Hand Sanitizer dispensers, they are everywhere – grocery stores, libraries, restaurants, malls, etc. Does the popular clear liquid work? Is it overkill? Is it even safe? According to Medical News Today, “New research has found that hand sanitizers are not as effective as soap and water in health care settings at preventing viral outbreaks. In fact, they may even be responsible for outbreaks of seriously contagious viruses. As a common alternative to using soap and water, hand sanitizers are often regarded as being the most efficient way to cleanse hands.” In February, a survey was conducted at an American College of Preventative Medicine meeting. “The survey focused on 161 long-term care facilities and found that the preferential use of hand sanitizers over hand soap was linked to a higher risk of outbreaks of the highly infectious norovirus, a virus responsible for the majority of acute gastroenteritis cases. The study found that norovirus outbreaks were far more rampant in facilities where staff favored hand sanitizer use. In facilities where norovirus outbreaks occurred, members of staff were six times more likely to use hand sanitizers than soap and water for cleansing their hands.” It is unclear if hand sanitizers are doing damage or really killing germs as they claim to do. Who are we kidding the best way to stay clean is good old soap and warm water. With all the germs and various diseases make sure your Medical Insurance is sufficient for your family. For lifelong good health call Insurance Medics for Health Insurance Quotes.