Coronavirus Health Crisis: What It Is, How to Stay Safe and What's Next
PEOPLE associate health editor Julie Mazziotta breaks down what you need to know about the global health crisis
Although experts are still learning more about the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, they’re unanimous in their recommendation that sanitizing your hands — whether by washing them with soap and water, or using a hand sanitizer that’s made from at least 60 percent alcohol — is the best way to avoid infection.
Per the recommendations, people should be washing their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds to avoid infection or using a hand sanitizer that is composed of at least 60 percent alcohol (like Orly Beauty’s hand sanitizer spray or Pura D’or’s gel). According to the Centers for Disease Control, the alcohol content is extremely important when it comes to hand sanitizers because that’s what actually kills the bacteria on your hands — other hand sanitizers without this amount of alcohol will only stunt the growth of the bacteria, not remove it.
If done correctly, experts estimate that sanitizing your hands can reduce the rate of infection by respiratory illness infection by 16 to 21 percent, which is huge. To ensure you’re properly ridding your hands of germs, it’s recommended to apply the product to the palm of one of your hands and then rub the product all over both of your hands until it’s completely dry.
When the number of cases began increasing in the U.S., it became difficult to find hand sanitizers in stores or online. Although demand has leveled out a bit, there is still a limited supply of hand sanitizer available around the internet for anyone who needs to purchase some.
We will continuously update this post with the latest information and product availability as we have it.
CBD Hand Sanitizer, $14.75
Trilogia Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Spray, 3-Pack, $16.95
Suave Hand Sanitizer Pack of 6, $26.94
Trillium Hand Sanitizer Spray, 4-Pack, $14.11 (orig. $15.99)
Bare Hands Hand Sanitizer Spray, 3-Pack, $13.99
High Impact Gel Hand Sanitizer, $8.99 (orig. $9.99)
Muse Hand Sanitizer, $2.99
LDR - Hand Sanitizer Gel, $9.99
The Citizen Supply Co. – Hand Sanitizer Gel 4-Pack, $25.95 (orig. $29.95)
Orly Hand Sanitizer Spray, $13.99
Pipette Hand Sanitizer, $4.99
Wildersense Hand Sanitizer 4-Pack, $19.95 (orig. $21.08)
Remedi Sanitize, $11.98
Previse Hand Sanitizer, $6.25 (orig. $9.25)
Clean no. 0, $10
If you’re looking for a larger bottle of hand sanitizer you candecant into smaller bottles or holders to carry around with you, look no further than Amazon. The online retail giant is offering 67.6-ounce bottles of its Solimo brand of hand sanitizer for only $12. It contains 62 percent ethyl alcohol, so it’ll keep your hands germ-free after every use.
Buy It! Amazon Brand - Solimo Hand Sanitizer, $11.99; amazon.com
This hand sanitizer from Lumi Bloom contains 70 percent ethanol alcohol — more than the 60 percent required by the CDC for an effective hand sanitizer — but that’s not the only ingredient that makes it worth checking out. It also includes 50 milligrams of CBD, which will help alleviate any inflammation or irritation on your skin caused by overwashing. Vitamin E is also added to help moisturize your skin so it doesn’t dry out from the high alcohol content.
Buy It! CBD Hand Sanitizer, $14.75; lumibloom.com
Trilogia’s hand sanitizer comes in a spray bottle for easy dispensing, and each bottle is only four ounces, so you can easily toss it in your backpack or slip it in your pocket so you have it on you everywhere you go. It contains 70 percent alcohol content to keep your hands free of germs, and it’s also totally vegan and cruelty-free. A three-pack is available on Amazon for $15.95.
Buy It! Trilogia Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Spray, 3-Pack, $16.95; amazon.com
Trusted hair care company Suave now makes hand sanitizers. The product contains 65 percent ethyl alcohol and hydrating glycerin to keep your hands soft. Each 10-ounce bottle comes with a spray top for easy application, and customers say it feels light on their hands. You can buy the sanitizer in a 6-pack for about $27.
Buy It! Suave Hand Sanitizer Pack of 6, $26.94; amazon.com
This 16-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer from Megababe combines 62 percent ethyl alcohol to keep your hands clean with sweet almond oil, marula oil, geranium oil, and aloe to keep them soft. The alcohol is plant-based, so if you’re looking for a vegan product, this one’s for you.
Buy It! Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer Pump, $18; megababe.com
This hand sanitizer spray is made with 80 percent alcohol content, which is much more than the minimum CDC-recommended amount for an effective hand sanitizer. It comes in a spray bottle for easy dispensing, and you can purchase it in a pack of four on Amazon.
Buy It! Trillium Hand Sanitizer Spray, 4-Pack, $14.11 (orig. $15.99); amazon.com
This hand sanitizer is made with 62 percent ethyl alcohol, as well as plant-based ingredients like calendula extract and chamomile. The result is an effective sanitizer that keeps your hands germ-free, but also keeps them feeling soft and hydrated even after multiple uses. It comes in a spray bottle, and you can purchase a pack of three bottles for $14 on Amazon.
Buy It! Bare Hands Hand Sanitizer Spray, 3-Pack, $13.99; amazon.com
With 75 percent isopropyl alcohol content, this is one powerful hand sanitizer — but that just means you’ll be able to use less and still ensure your hands remain germ-free. One bottle costs $7 and contains 8 ounces of sanitizer. You can purchase it on Amazon with Prime shipping.
Buy It! High Impact Gel Hand Sanitizer, $8.99 (orig. $9.99); amazon.com
This hand sanitizer contains 62 percent ethyl alcohol — more than the amount required by the CDC for an effective sanitizer. But that’s not the only good thing about it. It’s also made cruelty-free without testing on animals, so you can be sure you’re purchasing a product that will actually make you feel good about using it. Plus, it’s inexpensive: An 8-ounce bottle is just $3.50, and it’s available right now on Amazon with Prime delivery.
Buy It! Muse Hand Sanitizer, $2.99; amazon.com
This fragrance-free hand sanitizer from LDR comes in packs of two 8-ounce bottles, and each has a pump top for easy, mess-free dispensing. It’s made with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol, which is more than the required amount to keep your hands clean and germ-free.
Buy It! LDR - Hand Sanitizer Gel, $9.99; amazon.com
This hand sanitizer is made with 70 percent ethyl alcohol, which is above the required amount set by the CDC for an effective hand sanitizer. It comes in packs of four 8-ounce bottles, so one order should last you a while, even if you use it multiple times a day. The bottles also have pump tops for mess-free dispensing.
Buy It! The Citizen Supply Co. – Hand Sanitizer Gel 4-Pack, $25.95 (orig. $29.95); amazon.com
This hand sanitizer from Pura D’or contains 70 percent alcohol in addition to tea tree oil, peppermint oil, lemongrass, and aloe vera — so in addition to cleaning them, your hands will remain soft and also smell good after every use of this product. A two pack of 16-ounce bottles costs $20 on Amazon and is available for Prime shipping.
Buy It! Pura D’or Hand Sanitizer Gel 2-Pack, $19.99; amazon.com
Paul Mitchell is known for its famous line of hair care products, but now it’s pivoted its producing hand sanitizer — and a pretty heavy-duty one, at that. It’s made of 80 percent alcohol, which is well above the CDC recommendation of 60 percent for an effective sanitizer. This hand sanitizer costs $5 for a 3.4-ounce bottle with a spray top on Amazon with Prime shipping.
Buy It! Paul Mitchell Hand Sanitizer Spray, $4.95; amazon.com
Poo-Pourri normally makes fragrant sprays for toilets, but now you can add hand sanitizer to its list of products. The brand has released this 2-ounce spray bottle of sanitizer, which is made from 65 percent ethyl alcohol and lavender and coconut essential oils. It’s just $6 per bottle.
Buy It! Poo-Pourri Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer, $5.99; amazon.com
Men’s grooming brand Every Man Jack may have pivoted to producing hand sanitizer for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, but you can rest assured that each bottle is made with the same high, cruelty-free standards as the rest of its products. This fragrance-free hand sanitizer is made with as many plant-based, natural ingredients as possible, according to the brand, but still contains 70 percent ethyl alcohol to ensure your hands are clean and germ-free after every use. You can order it in packs of two on Amazon.
Buy It! Every Man Jack Hand Sanitizer - Twin Pack, $14.99; amazon.com
Beauty brand NxN has also pivoted its resources to creating hand sanitizer. With 70 percent alcohol content, it’s well above the CDC requirements for an effective hand sanitizer, and the addition of glycerin, vitamin E oil, aloe vera, and lavender oil will keep your hands both feeling and smelling fantastic. The product comes in packs of three 12-ounce bottles with pump dispenser tops for $35 on Amazon.
Buy It! NxN Beauty Advanced Hand Sanitizer - 3 Pack, $24.99; amazon.com
Orly Beauty is known for its nail polish, but due to the pandemic, it has shifted all Los Angeles factory operations to producing this hand sanitizer spray. It’s made from just four ingredients, which are 75 percent isopropyl alcohol (well over the CDC guidelines for an effective sanitizer!), glycerin, hydrogen peroxide, and USP-grade purified water. The hand sanitizer spray comes in a pack of four 2-ounce bottles.
Purchasing a pack of four also helps Los Angeles’ homeless residents and the first responders in the city: The first 10,000 units produced have already been donated to the city, specifically to help the at-risk homeless population, and the company will continue to donate packs to vulnerable populations. Note: Each customer is limited to purchasing three packs.
Buy It! Orly Hand Sanitizer Spray, $13.99; orlybeauty.com
This Vegamour hand sanitizer comes in spray form and consists of 75 percent isopropyl alcohol — well over the CDC guidelines for an effective hand sanitizer. Purchasing one will also give back to the community: Vegamour is donating 20 percent of proceeds to Project Angel Food, which is preparing and delivering meals to vulnerable residents in Los Angeles. Orders are expected to ship out the week of May 11.
Buy It! Vegamour Hand Sanitizer Spray, $16; vegamour.com
Known for its line of nontoxic and hydrating baby products, Pipette Baby’s new hand sanitizer unsurprisingly lives up to the brand’s clean standards. The 8-ounce bottle is fragrance-free and made with hydrating squalane — so even though the sanitizer contains 65 percent USP grade alcohol, your hands won’t dry out from overuse.
Buy It! Pipette Hand Sanitizer, $4.99; pipettebaby.com
This hand sanitizer comes in packs of four 8-ounce bottles, each containing 62.5 percent ethyl alcohol — which is higher than the amount required by the CDC. The gel sanitizer also includes aloe vera and tea tree oil to keep your hands soft and hydrated no matter how often you use it.
Buy It! Wildersense Hand Sanitizer 4-Pack, $19.95 (orig. $21.08); amazon.com
Purchasing Cabinet’s Preparedness Kit for $30 will not only get you two bottles of hand sanitizer spray — made from 70 percent alcohol, so well within CDC standards for effective cleansing — but also some other items that are currently rather difficult to find: a bottle of 500 mg acetaminophen, one box of non-drowsy cold medicine, and one box of nighttime cold medicine. (Note: If you’re a frontline worker or a healthcare worker, you can contact Cabinet to take advantage of special discounts and its PayWhatYouCan policy.)
Buy It! Cabinet Preparedness Kit, $30; wearecabinet.com
If you purchase one of these hand sanitizer bottles, you’ll actually get 8 ounces of product — that should last you a long while, considering most bottles of hand sanitizer are only about 2 ounces, and even they don’t run out that quickly. The reason the bottles are so big is because they’re actually refills — in an effort to eliminate single-use plastic, By Humankind sells large sizes of product that you’re meant to decant into any smaller hand sanitizer bottles that you may have left over from prior uses. You can buy the product unscented or with grapefruit or eucalyptus essence, and buying four bottles will get you a 20 percent discount on your order. Note: This product will ship on or before May 5.
Buy It! By Humankind Hand Sanitizer, $15; byhumankind.com
Thanks to the aloe vera gel in this spray hand sanitizer, you can be sure that even after a ton of use, its alcohol won’t dry out your skin — it’ll only keep it clean like it’s supposed to. The addition of antibacterial tea tree oil will also ensure your hands remain cleaner for longer after you use the product, which means you can use it (and buy it) less often.
Buy It! 100% Pure Hand Sanitizer, $5; 100percentpure.com
Highline Wellness’ $7 hand sanitizer isn’t your average sanitizer. Like everything else created by the company, it’s infused with 100 milligrams of CBD oil, which can help alleviate pain in your hands while keeping them as soft as possible (even with all that extra cleansing!). Along with the addition of CBD, it contains 70 percent isopropyl alcohol so your hands will be properly disinfected after every use.
Buy It! Highline Wellness CBD Hand Sanitizer, $7; highlinewellness.com
Peter Thomas Roth is known for its cult-favorite products in the beauty and skincare space, but now you can add hand sanitizer to that list, too. This hand sanitizer is made of 80 percent alcohol, which exceeds the CDC’s guidelines for an effective hand sanitizer. It comes in a 6-ounce bottle for $16, and every purchase goes towards Peter Thomas Roth’s goal of supplying frontline workers at New York’s Northwell Health Hospitals with 5,000 bottles of hand sanitizer. Note: There’s a limit of 10 per order.
Buy It! Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Antiseptic 80% Topical Solution, $16; peterthomasroth.com
This hand sanitizer is made with 62 percent alcohol, and it comes in an 8.4-ounce bottle with a pump dispenser for easy and quick use. Skylar is donating 20 percent of its initial hand sanitizer production to healthcare workers on the frontlines at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Buy It! Hand Sanitizer Gel, $12; skylar.com
sis kiss hand sanitizer
With 75 percent ethyl alcohol, this hand sanitizer by The Sis Kiss is well above the CDC’s recommendation for an effective disinfectant, so you can rest assured your hands are being thoroughly cleaned every time you use it. Available in a bundle pack of three 2-ounce bottles, this sanitizer is only available for preorder right now but will begin to ship out the week of May 23.
Buy It! Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer, $22; thesiskiss.com
This hand sanitizer comes in a two-pack of 8-ounce pump bottles for easy dispensing, so you can keep one at your desk and the other one in your car for quick sanitizing whenever you need it. In addition to a 70 percent alcohol content, this formula contains vitamin E to help keep your hands soft with every use.
Buy It! Remedi Sanitize, $11.98; healthyhandsanitizer.com
Like all of the options on this list, Lather’s hand sanitizer meets the CDC’s recommendation for an effective sanitizer with 65 percent ethyl alcohol. But this one contains another ingredient that sets it apart from the others: green tea extract, which is rich in antioxidants and will help your hands retain moisture and look softer (even after repeated use). It comes in a 10-ounce pump bottle for easy distribution, and customers are limited to three per order. Note: This product will begin shipping out on May 8.
Buy It! Lather Hand Sanitizer With Moisturizing Aloe, $18; lather.com
Previse DermApothecary is known for its vegan skincare, and now, it’s using that knowledge to manufacture hand sanitizers. With 75 percent isopropyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, this is one powerful sanitizer — but thanks to the addition of glycerin, it won’t dry out your hands. It’s also totally vegan, like all of Previse’s other products, and comes in a spray-top bottle for easy application.
Buy It! Previse Hand Sanitizer, $6.25 (orig. $9.25); previsecare.com
This hand sanitizer from Sparitual comes in a four-pack of 2-ounce spray bottles for just $24. With 75 percent alcohol content, it’s a powerful sanitizer — and it’s also cruelty-free and vegan, so you can feel good about using it.
Buy It! Sparitual Hand Sanitizer Spray 4-pack, $24; thedetoxmarket.com
Eczema Honey’s hand sanitizer gel is fragrance-free, so if you’re sensitive to smells, this is a good option for you. It comes in an 8-ounce bottle that you can decant into smaller bottles to bring on the go, or use as is — either way, this size should last you a while. It contains 70 percent isopropyl alcohol, which is well within CDC recommendations for an effective hand sanitizer.
Buy It! Eczema Honey 8 oz. Hand Sanitizer Gel (Fragrance-Free), $14.99; eczemahoneyco.com
Clark’s Botanicals has directed its production resources to hand sanitizer in an effort to help both medical workers and the general public. A 4-ounce bottle of its sanitizer with 71 percent alcohol costs only $9. Clark's is also donating bottles directly to healthcare professionals at Northwell Health and Montefiore hospitals.
Buy It! Clark's Botanicals Hand Sanitizer, $10; clarksbotanicals.com
Sexual wellness company Maude has launched its own brand of hand sanitizer, which contains 70 percent alcohol to keep your hands germ-free, as well as coconut oil to keep them from drying out with overuse. It’s $10 per 1-ounce glass bottle, and the product has a spray top for easy application. According to Maude, you should be able to get about 125 to 185 uses out of it.
Buy It! Clean no. 0, $10; maude.com
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