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Which antiseptic kills coronavirus the fastest and protects surfaces the longest
Coronavirus COVID-19 already hit more than 1.3 million people. As you know, frequent hand washing with soap or their treatment with antiseptics reduces the risk of coronavirus infection and the spread of the pathogen among other people. Which of the most famous antiseptics are the most effective – in Styler.
Antiseptics are chemical agents that are used to reduce the number of microorganisms and lower the risk of infections. Typically, hand care products include chlorhexidine, povidone iodine, isopropyl alcohol, benzalkonium chloride, and ethyl alcohol.
The most popular antiseptics are those that cover as many pathogens as possible – broad-spectrum antiseptics (chlorhexidine, povidone-iodine)
This antiseptic is able to destroy bacteria, fungi and viruses. Among its advantages are a wide range and rapid onset of action. In addition, it retains high residual activity for a long time after application. Chlorhexidine can be used with coronavirus. According to studies, 1% chlorhexidine as quickly (within two minutes) as 70% ethanol damages the virus.
Like chlorhexidine, this antiseptic destroys all three types of microorganisms. It acts quickly, but has minimal residual activity. In addition, povidone iodine stains the skin.
Isopropyl alcohol is usually mixed with water (60-90% solution) for best effect. This agent has the highest activity against bacteria, but may be slightly effective against certain fungi and viruses. It has the fastest onset of action, but with minimal residual activity.
This antiseptic is very effective against bacteria, but benzalkonium chloride will not help in the fight against viruses, fungi and microbacteria. That is, it should not be used in the fight against viruses.
We note that WHO physicians call thorough washing of hands with soap and the use of alcohol-based antiseptics based on the most effective measures in the fight against coronavirus ethyl alcohol.
Earlier we wrote which masks cannot be used after April 6th, when the government decided to tighten quarantine.