12. September 2010 22:43

By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD

According to the latest research published this Sunday, regular use of alcohol-based disinfecting hand gels has little effect on the H1N1 swine flu infection rates. The authors of the study said that the infection is spread by air droplets rather than touch and contact.

The authors write, “An alcohol hand disinfectant with enhanced antiviral activity failed to significantly reduce the frequency of infection with either rhinovirus or influenza.” The study was presented on Sunday at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC). ICAAC is the principal international meeting on infectious diseases that has brought together nearly 12,000 specialists to Boston for presentations and discussions to be held between September 12-15.

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