From the current crisis, caused by Covid-19, the World Health Organization has given some recommendations to reduce infections. Among them, it stands out, with determination, making a constant and habitual practice of washing hands daily. This in some circumstances is not possible and therefore The use of Hydroalcoholic Gel has also been recommended, Gel alcohol or Antibacterial gel, as it is known in different regions.
The impact that these recommendations have generated has been so great that many families, in their eagerness not to run out of gel in their homes, have run out of stocks in pharmacies and supermarkets.
How can we avoid fraudulent Antibacterial Gels?
What happens in most cases is that we can find for sale some brands of gel that do not comply with the necessary regulations to effectively fight viruses and bacteria. Therefore, we must take into account a series of factors when buying and in this way not make the mistake of buying an antibacterial gel that does not help us to really protect ourselves.
An important factor: 70% alcohol
The first factor to take into account is in its composition that we can consult on the product label. An alcohol gel effective against viruses, bacteria and fungi is made up of 70% alcoholIn other words, if it only contains alcohol, it will not be effective against different types of viruses. If a hydroalcoholic gel is pure alcohol, it will only be effective against fungi and bacteria.
Compound with Ethanol
That it contains ethanol is one of the most important factors if we are looking for an antibacterial gel that is also effective against viruses. This is because compared to
other types of alcohols such as propanol, ethanol is more effective against viruses.
So ... How do I recognize an effective Hydroalcoholic Gel?
Many manufacturers do not properly label their products and therefore, despite knowing what information to look for, we can end up where we started.
In each country there is an organization that is responsible for regulating and validating this type of product. In the case of Spain, we find the AEMPS (Agency for the Evaluation of Medicines and Health Products). This is in charge of evaluating and validating the different products related to health and hygiene.
We can verify, in this way, that if the labeling of the gel shows the approval signature of the AEMPS, then it has viricidal actionOtherwise it would only be a bactericidal gel.