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Study: Hand sanitizer doesn’t help in school

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School children get low marks when it comes to spreading germs, often sharing bugs with their classmates.

So scientists wondered if putting hand sanitizers into elementary school classrooms would lead to fewer absences.

Adding hand sanitizer dispensers to classrooms didn’t appear to drop absentee rates for elementary school children, according to a new study.

Researches in New Zealand recruited 68 primary schools.

They then assigned half of the schools to a control group where children washed their hands with soap and water.

The schools in the intervention group did the same, but were also asked to use classroom hand sanitizers when they coughed or sneezed, and before meals.

Children in both groups were given a half hour hand hygiene lesson.

After following students for 20 weeks, researchers found that the absentee rates between the two groups were virtually the same.

The study results support similar findings from previous studies.

So what is the takeaway message for schools and parents?

The CDC says it’s best to have children wash their hands with soap and water. If a sink is not available, hand sanitizers with an alcohol concentration of at least 60% are a good second choice.

The bottom line, do what it takes to rub those germs away.