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A statistic that sticks out to me is the claims that hand sanitizers or disinfectant were giving out to boost sales. Many of them claim to kill 99.9% of all germs which in fact there are so many germs that hand sanitizer cannot kill.
This is just a marketing ploy to get you to buy the product. In small print on the back, it will list the germs that the product will actually kill so the statistic is used to confuse people to buy their product. Another way that it is used wrong is when it’s listed that the disinfectant kills germs in 30 seconds, when they don’t kill every germ in 30 seconds.
Only a couple of the germs are killed in that span, while others may require 5 or 10 minutes of contact time to be killed (Nyco, 2018). The FDA intervenes when companies make claims about their products and they feel they have gone too far, like with First Aid Antiseptic/Pain Relieving Gel and CleanWell Company’s all-Natural Foaming hand sanitizer (Wong, 2018).
Those products gave consumers a false sense of protection and it is important that we know how to break down statistical claims to keep ourselves, our family, and patients safe.
Nyco. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.nycoproducts.com/news/what-does-the-ph…
Wong, S. (2018). They claimed what? 10 Products with outrageous marketing claims. Retrieved from Minyanville Media Inc website: http://www.minyanville.com/business-news/editors-p…
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