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Tuesday, 30 June 2020 09:36

Hand Washing Trumps Sanitiser When It Comes to Beating Viruses

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Hand Washing Trumps Sanitiser When It Comes to Beating Viruses

June 2020, Johannesburg: Amid the panic over the COVID-19, it seems as though people have forgotten that soap and water are our best defence against disease. While hand sanitisers can reduce germs, they do not get them off your skin completely and the alcohol they contain can irritate and dry skin out if used frequently.

Washing with soap and water on the other hand creates friction and reduces the amounts of germs and chemicals on your hands. Rinsing gets the soap and germs off your skin and down the drain. According to a professor at Simmons University, the coronavirus pathogen is encased in a layer of fat that soap destroys, making the virus less able to infect you.

Another controversial sanitising method getting a lot of attention as we move to Level 3 is disinfection tunnels. These tunnels are a means of spraying the public with a chemical mist as they walk through a tunnel entrance, which is supposed to disinfect exposed areas such as hands.  However, The WHO, as well as the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) have condemned these disinfection tunnels and the effects they will have on overall health.

Amidst the sanitiser and disinfection tunnel disputes, there are businesses providing practical solutions during the pandemic, such as mo- Wash, who are supplying vital hand washing stations.  Now more than ever, mo-Wash is meeting a great need in South Africa, providing a practical and cost-effective solution to the market, aimed at tackling the challenge of maintaining good public hygiene.

mo-Wash has a hands-free water delivery system with a timer that controls water flow, a solar panel to power the water station, plus a battery option, and even Wi-Fi. The unit,which is now on special, delivers a powerful 20-second wash, but the owner can adjust the settings according to his or her needs. Unlike other competitors, the unit does not require a foot pump.

“Instead of scouring the shelves for bulk hand sanitizer, or spraying people down in tunnels and adversely affecting their health, businesses should instead focus on providing staff with mobile hand washing units. Research shows washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water is one of the best defences against the spread of viruses,” says Godfrey Sono the Founder.

For information, as well as COVID-19 specials, visit www.mo-wash.co.za or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.mo-Wash are open for hiring their mobile hand washers to businesses, funerals and small gatherings, provided they prescribe to the lockdown regulations.

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