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Preventing the new norovirus with proper hand hygiene

February 22, 2013

ATLANTA — With the current global outbreak of the Sydney strain of norovirus, handwashing and hand hygiene has never been more important, according to a press release.

proper hand dryingWhen it comes to preventing norovirus, hand sanitizer is no substitute for washing hands with soap and water, which is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation for preventing its spread, the release stated.

According to the release, to further guard against infection from microorganisms like norovirus, proper hand drying with a paper towel can be as important as washing with soap and water.

Read more: What is the Austrailian norovirus?

A Mayo Clinic study determined that, because bacteria is more likely to be transmitted from wet skin than dry skin, proper hand drying after washing should be an integral part of the hand hygiene process, the release noted.

Another study showed that paper towels can reduce bacteria on finger pads by up to 76 percent and on palms by up to 77 percent, the release added.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.