hand sanitisers

COVID-19: Quality and safety of hand sanitizers considerations

Hand sanitizers are one of the key tools being utilized to control the spread of the novel SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus).  The principle component and active ingredient of hand sanitizers that are recommended for coronaviruses is alcohol at a concentration of at least 60% (v/v).  The two formulations developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) are based on either ethanol or isopropyl alcohol.   The WHO formulas also include hydrogen peroxide and glycerin as a humectant.  Commercial hand sanitizers may contain other additives such as polymeric thickeners (e.g., Carbomer), f

Hand sanitisers: Government manufacturing will be useful for rapid short-term mass production and distribution

With the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, commonly referred to as the coronavirus, hand sanitisers have gone from being niche products to one of the most widely discussed means by which to control the spread of the virus.

Although soap and water are the gold standards for handwashing to reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting coronaviruses, hand sanitisers provide an alternative when the former are not available or unsuitable.