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Antiseptics for hands

23.03.2020

After the WHO announced COVID-19 to be a global pandemic, fever has not been the only hot topic of the day. Governments are introducing emergency measures, international exhibitions, sports and cultural events have all been canceled, while cosmetic giants are switching to producing and distributing free antiseptics for medical facilities, pharmacies and food distributors. Demand for medical masks, respirators and antimicrobial hand sanitizers has soared among the world population.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a previously unknown strain of the coronavirus family, first detected in China in late December 2019, and it is now has gained attention of the majority of the world's population. The family of human coronaviruses itself has been known since the 1960s; its representatives can cause both mild respiratory infections and quite formidable ones, such as, for example, the culprit of the SARS-CoV outbreak in 2002-2003.

SARS-CoV-2 is especially dangerous for people with weakened immune systems such as the elderly and people with preexisting health conditions. Its main transmission route is airborne, but as it turned out, the virus can exist for quite a long time on many surfaces (for example, on plastic or stainless steel - up to 2-3 days, on copper - up to 4 hours, on paper and cardboard - up to a day) which creates a substantial risk of infection through contact with those surfaces. Thus, the use of antimicrobial agents for hands is a completely justified and reasonable measure to curb the spread of infection.