The advent of the novel Coronavirus has brought the need for hand sanitizer to be more accessible in order to help stop the spread of germs and other bacteria that can cause disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, states that if soap and water are not available the next best solution is hand sanitizer. The CDC also lists three solutions being the key ingredients of Isopropyl Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol and Benzalkonium Chloride (BC). Each of these compounds has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Isopropyl alcohol, commonly referred to as rubbing alcohol, is a known antiseptic. It is commonly used in various cleaning products because it is extremely effective in cleaning and sanitizing. The CDC recommends using these compounds only if the concentration is less than 75%. One disadvantage of Isopropyl is that it creates Acetone as a byproduct when broken down in the liver. Isopropyl is a known neural depressant which means it can exacerbate symptoms for diabetics or any patients with underlying medical conditions.

Ethyl Alcohol is often found in spirits and beverages like beer, wine and liquor. The CDC recommends using these in concentrations of less than 80%. One key advantage of ethyl alcohol is that the body breaks it down the same way it would an above-mentioned alcoholic beverage. For this reason, any potentially harmful side effects are minimal.

Benzalkonium Chloride also known as BC or Zephiran, as it is commonly referred, is often used in Ophthalmic solutions, cleaning wipes, soap and other anti-microbial applications. Often times BC is used as an additive and not the main ingredient in hand sanitizer, but it is efficacious used alone.

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