A viral TikTok video circulating online has raised concerns after revealing how long a hand sanitizer takes to kill bacteria. According to The Daily Mail's latest report, a new video previously released has provided an important warning about how people could be endangering themselves by not waiting for the hand sanitizer to take effect, especially at a time when the use of it has soared because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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An account on TikTok under the name JustinDodson4 shared footage showing how the Purell hand sanitizer brand kills the germs, revealing how they react under a microscope. Purell, which claims that its product can kill 99.99% of most illness-causing germs, was used as an example. The video claims the results can also be applied to all hand sanitizer products.
The video showed a small bacteria worm crawling around on the surface. It was placed on the film beneath the microscope where the hand sanitizer was spread. After the sanitizer was applied, the worm begins moving around erratically.
Viral TikTok video showed hand sanitizer kills bacteria in 30 seconds; Germs become active after 8 seconds when Purell hand sanitizer is used
According to The Daily Mail, the video generated comments from its viewers showing how they were shocked that the bacteria remained active for 30 seconds after the hand sanitizer was applied.
"Damn how did I just assume the sanitizer dissolves them," one of the viewers said, according to the report.
"Now I'll think about bacteria corpse left in my hand after a sanitizer," another viewer wrote in the comment section.
In the viral TikTok video, the hand sanitizer is seen spreading across the frame towards a small orange bacteria worm. The bacteria can be seen struggling to move. But after 30 seconds it stopped moving.
The report stated that the footage serves as a reminder for those people using hand sanitizer not to use their hands to eat food, or to touch their face, for at least 30 seconds after the application of the product. Using warm, soapy water is still the best way to wash the hands as claimed by health experts.
"Handwashing with soap and water is the best thing to use to kill this virus," said physician Dr. Norman Swan. Health experts clarified that hand sanitizers should only be used if there is no access to clean water and soap.
The World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that alcohol-based hand sanitizer should only be used to clean your hands if there is no clean water and soap available. Handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and harmful chemicals on hands, said the US-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).