How to tell if your hand sanitiser is effective against killing the Coronavirus

hand sanitisier is important to use to slow the spread of covid-19
The NHS has published on handwashing and hand sanitisers that it’s “The single most important measure in reducing the spread of disease and infections."

Hands are a repository for micro-organisms and the risk of disease and infections to the patient are greatly reduced by staff appropriately and timely washing and/or decontaminating their hands.

Hand sanitisers are useful in helping to:

  • Remove and destroy harmful microorganisms
  • Prevents the hands from cross infection
  • Keeps the hands clean and safe

As concern for the coronavirus grows, acquiring hand sanitiser has become difficult due to it being in such high demand.

This comes as the NHSCDC and WHO have all encouraged people to perform diligent hand hygiene which includes washing hands with soap and water to clean and the use of hand sanitiser to disinfect.

But is your hand sanitiser effective? Here’s how to find out…

Does it contain alcohol?

Alcohol is the main ingredient responsible for killing off different types of microbes. This includes viruses and bacteria as it is effective at unfolding and deactivating their proteins.

The process this leads to is called denaturation, which describes the killing of the microbes as their proteins unfold and stick together.

It is therefore important that your hand sanitiser product contains alcohol as non-alcohol hand sanitisers are proven to not be very effective in killing off traces of the coronavirus or other bacterias.

How much alcohol does it contain?

The next important point to consider is the amount of alcohol your hand rub contains. This is because hand sanitisers with an alcohol content less than 60% as identified by the WHO, are ineffective and just as useless in preventing the transmission of the disease as non-alcoholic hand sanitisers.

As hand washing removes pathogens, laboratory data shows that 60% ethanol and 70% isopropanol are the active ingredients that inactivate a virus and are successful at breaking down the physical properties seen in 2019-nCoV and similar viruses.

High-alcohol content hand rubs like alcohol hand sanitiser can destroy germs and kill any trace of the virus within 30 seconds.

Can it fight E.Coli, MRS & Influenza?

As you may already know, there are many different variations and types of bacteria and viruses. Some types are more easily killed by alcohol, for example E. Coli is effectively killed by sanitation products that contain more than 60% alcohol.

Many other viruses, like the coronavirus which have an outer wrapper often referred to as an envelope, are effectively killed by alcohol. Buy 70% alcohol hand sanitiser here.

Is it homemade?

Experts and health officials have advised against the use of DIY hand sanitisers, which have emerged online amid the outbreak and shortages in shops and supermarkets.

Recipes containing spirits like Vodka, only have 40% alcohol, which is not high enough to successfully kill microbes.

Rubbing alcohol can also be very harmful to the skin and is not advised to use an alternative to hand sanitation products. Click here to more reasons not to make your own at home.

How quickly does it kill bacteria and viruses?

Hunter Medical’s hand sanitiser is able to kill traces of the Coronavirus within 30 seconds – for those worried about the shortage and unable to get hand sanitiser can breathe a sigh of relief as Hunter Medical has enough hygiene supplies to protect the public. Browse them here.