Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
While hand sanitizer can be helpful if you’re on-the-go and don’t have access to a sink, you should just wash your hands for at least 20 seconds if you want to kill germs and prevent colds (or, say, coronavirus). And doctors say it’s way more effective to wash your hands than wear a mask if your goal is to avoid diseases because your hands may have been in contact with a contaminated surface regardless if you have a mask on or not. (And really, healthy people shouldn’t be wearing surgical masks, since they’re needed by health-care workers right now.) So stocking up on hand soap is your best bet, and we’ve rounded up the best options, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. But if you still want more tricks and tips for how to prevent colds, flus, and viruses, read here for how to prevent colds and what to do if a coronavirus quarantine does happen to you.