Thursday 29 October, 2020

Caymanians- Here's the real deal on coronavirus and hand sanitizer

In response to concerns around coronavirus, cabinet has agreed to a duty waiver on all hand sanitisers, protective facial masks and surgical gloves. The waiver is effective immediately and runs through to the end of 2020. 

Local supermarkets have reported running out of hand sanitizer and disinfecting products and others have had to ration these products.

But despite the frenzy, many consumers are buying sanitizing products that might not protect them against the novel coronavirus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “alcohol-free” products such as hand sanitizers made by the brands Purell and Germ-X rely on benzalkonium chloride instead of alcohol as the active ingredient and may not work against coronavirus. The front of many packages do not indicate that these hand sanitizers are alcohol free.

Hand sanitizer, while a good interim measure when one is not able to wash hands immediately, is nowhere as effective as hand washing as protection from coronavirus. According to the Food and Drug Administration, over-the-counter antibacterial soaps are not more effective at preventing illness than soap and water,

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