Coughing Then Using Hand Sanitizer Isn’t As Effective As You Think

Coughing Then Using Hand Sanitizer Isn’t As Effective As You Think

Constant use of hand sanitizers actually builds a resistance to bacteria. Proven in a 2011 study conducted by the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the CDC

Literally as I’m typing this, a colleague of mine has coughed into his hands at least eight times in the last hour. After each time he reaches for the wall mounted hand sanitizer then continues on his way.

Believe it or not, this is a selfish move on his part. The bacteria his body is attempting to reject through a cough is not only landing in his hands – its blasting into the air around him, where everyone gets to walk or stand in it. The microscopic droplets containing whatever foul bacteria is being released into the air. The hand sanitizer has zero affect on what’s floating in the air.

In addition, the continued use of the hand sanitizer actually starts to work in reverse. Proven by a 2011 study conducted by the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found that people who used hand sanitizers routinely over soap and water were six times more at risk for outbreaks of norovirus which causes most cases of acute gastroenteritis. The overexposure can lead to bacterial resistance.

The best alternative for this is to simply stay home! This guy believes what he is doing is good, in actuality it’s not. If his cough continues the average time a cough can last, he will certainly enter into the overexposure realm mentioned in the quoted CDC study. Putting us all at risk of contracting his airborne bacteria.

Furthermore, this dude doesn’t realize that every time he coughs he is creating what scientist have called a “gas cloud”. According to a study conducted by MIT researchers in 2014, when a cough is released, gasses from the body accompany the microscopic bacteria. Basically giving his bacteria a vehicle to float in the air, which is then sucked into our air systems and shared with everyone breathing.

With all this being said, coughing into your hands then using hand sanitizer isn’t the answer. Staying home when you have a cough is! My colleague thinks he’s being cautious by using the hand sanitizer, in reality its counter effective. So, once I post this – I’m going to grab a face mask then tell him to take his sick ass home.

Why is this so hard to understand? You’re sick – no matter how mild or severe, stay your ass at home. With the ongoing advancements being made in technology, working from home is as simple as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Why do you think Cisco Systems is listed in Forbes top 100 companies?

For the love of all things holy, pull your head out of your ass and stay home when sick! And when you discover someone walking around in the general public sick, don’t be afraid to call them on it. You have the right to work in a healthy enviorment.