Disinfectant against corona
As a result of the corona crisis, many more people now use disinfectants than before.
Disinfectants are intended to prevent infection with the novel coronavirus, as well as other viruses and pathogens.
But which disinfectant is actually effective against the coronavirus? And what to look for when buying?
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Does disinfectant help against the Corona virus?
In fact, a hand sanitizer is a good choice if you want to protect yourself from infection with Corona,. However, in the fight against Corona, it is important to choose a disinfectant that is not only antibacterial, but also virucidal, i.e. can kill viruses.
What kind of virus is Covid 19
Coronavirus is an enveloped virus, which means that a virucidal hand sanitizer can easily attack it. It has a fat envelope in which the RNA of the virus is enclosed. The main transmission is via droplet infection and aerosols. Aerosols are a mixture of gas and tiny suspended liquid particles.
The coronavirus is transmitted by droplet infection and can enter the human organism through mucous membranes, i.e. through the mouth and nose, but also through the eyes. That’s why doctors who work with corona patients protect themselves not only with a mask or mouthguard, but also with a face shield or safety glasses.
Does disinfection help against Corona?
If your hands come into contact with the virus and you subsequently touch your face, you can become infected with the coronavirus, which is why it is worth disinfecting your hands after trips on public transportation or after shopping with a shopping cart or basket. A virucidal hand sanitizer destroys the virus before it can enter your body.
When a disinfectant is applied, the goal is to change the structure of the unwanted microorganisms and damage the RNA inside so that it has no chance to spread further. In enveloped viruses such as coronavirus, the lipid membrane surrounding the virus core is damaged. A high alcohol content has its purpose here, because it promotes damage to the outer layer in the case of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Disinfectant for hands and surfaces
When looking for the right disinfectant, the question arises: do I need a disinfectant for my skin or for surfaces? A surface disinfectant should not be used on hands and vice versa, as surface disinfectants may contain substances such as aldehydes or chloramines that are anything but suitable for the skin. Hand sanitizer is usually based on alcohols such as ethanol and propanol.
The main advantage of disinfectant gel is that it is usually more skin-friendly than its completely liquid counterpart. However, disinfectant gels can also dry out the skin if used excessively, which is why it is worth looking out for a disinfectant gel with a care component in any case, which has a moisturizing effect and prevents cracking and redness.
Disinfection Spectrum of action and effect with virus types
Basically, you should take a look at the alcohol content when choosing your disinfectant. Many disinfectants and gels that you can buy at the drugstore contain just 40 to 60 percent alcohol, which kills bacteria but is ineffective against enveloped viruses. That’s why you should always go for a product with a high alcohol content. And to a preparation that is virucidal. There are several gradations.
Even a limited virucidal disinfectant can eliminate coronavirus. It is effective against enveloped viruses, HBV and influenza viruses.
Limited virucidal plus
Since the corona crisis, one particular spectrum of activity has come increasingly to the fore: limited virucidal plus disinfectant. This is effective not only against enveloped viruses, but also against adenoviruses, noroviruses and rotaviruses.
The ultimate effectiveness against viruses is offered by a virucidal hand disinfectant – although it is not needed at all, for example, in the case of coronavirus. A virucidal disinfectant also renders polyomaviruses and enteroviruses harmless.
Disinfectant against viruses
Basically, an antibacterial disinfectant is not enough to protect against viruses such as influenza or corona. Instead, a disinfectant with a high alcohol content is needed that prevents the transmission of the viruses before they can enter the body and cause damage. Even the lowest activity level in the spectrum of antivirulent disinfectants provides good protection.
What disinfectant against Corona and other enveloped viruses ?
At the latest since the Corona crisis, every backpack and handbag should contain a disinfectant that is quick and easy to use, and which it is no problem to use once more just to be on the safe side. Our tip: the disinfectant from WIESENBERG. The gel has a soothing effect on the skin thanks to our exclusive active care ingredient and also cleanses it – thanks to an alcohol content of a good 70 percent. We also have a refreshing fragrance of your choice for you – all in one product.
You are already infected with Corona and want to protect your roommates or family? For this, we recommend the use of a high-quality hand disinfectant and additionally a surface disinfectant that you can use for the bathroom, in the kitchen and for objects. Nevertheless, do not disinfect your hands too often and wash your hands if there is visible dirt.
You can protect yourself against Corona – with a virucidal disinfectant. Even the lowest protection level is sufficient: limited virucidal. However, antibacterial disinfectants are a wasted effort. They will by no means get to grips with the coronavirus.
Yes – if the disinfectant gel has a high alcohol content and is virucidal. Disinfectant gel – like conventional disinfectant – attacks the envelope of the virus, which then cannot spread any further.
As helpful as disinfectants are in a pandemic, you should not overdo it with disinfecting, as disinfectants can cause skin problems. And skin problems also make it easier for pathogens to enter the organism again.