A New York Times article on March 2, 2004 reiterated the idea that we do NOT need to use anti-bacterial soap. The story reported on a study published in The Annals of Internal Medicine. 238 Manhattan households with at least one pre-school child were studied for one year.
Half the families received hand soap, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies that contained anti-bacterial soap. The other group got products that did not.
According to the lead researcher, Dr. Elaine L. Larson of Columbia University School of Nursing, there was no difference in number of infections, types of infections or rates.
The main reason the anti-bacterial products were not considered effective in this study: most common infections are viral, NOT bacterial.
Most important point, wash your hands.
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