It Kills Germs For Up To 6 Hours. Can It Wipe Out Ebola?

February 27, 2015 3:11 PM

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It Kills Germs For Up To 6 Hours. Can It Wipe Out Ebola?

Clean hands go a long way toward preventing the spread of many illnesses, including Ebola. But finding the right hand-wash to impede deadly germs is tricky.

A squirt of alcohol-based sanitizer like Purell kills or denatures many microbes on contact. In the case of bacteria, essentially poking holes in their cell membranes, causing them to shrivel up like water balloons. For viruses, the mechanism is not well understood. But alcohol evaporates after 15 s...

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