Effective immediately, all Army medics will carry two bottles of 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer as part of their duty uniform. One bottle will be for their personal use, the other is available to give to soldiers who do not have any hand sanitizer.
When using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, rub hands together until the gel is dry; water is not required for the gel to work.
Studies have shown that influenza virus can survive on environmental surfaces and can infect a person for two to eight hours after being deposited on the surface.
Thorough hand washing and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers is a key component in preventing the spread of H1N1.
(Taken from an All-Army activities message.)