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WSU biology lab technician Fawn Beckman was interviewed by KWCH Channel 12 for a story on the effectiveness of hand sanitizers versus soap and water.

Hand sanitizer versus soap and water

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 | Share

CBS News recently reported that sales of hand sanitizer jumped more than 40 percent since the H1N1 flu virus began spreading across the country.

Millions of people are reaching for a dollop at work, in restaurants, or anywhere on the go. FactFinder 12 Investigators wanted to know if all the fuss was justified.

With help from a Wichita State University germ expert, we put hand sanitizer to the test against good old soap and water.

"I like germs. They're so cool. It's amazing what they can do," said Microbiologist Fawn Beckman," as she prepared for an experiment.

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