FDA Says These Hand Sanitizers Won’t Protect You From COVID-19

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For months, the Food and Drug Administration has urged U.S. consumers to avoid a growing list of hand sanitizers that may contain toxic substances. Now, the agency is warning of another problem: Some brands may not be strong enough to kill the coronavirus.To work, disinfectants must contain a sufficient amount of at least one of the two types of alcohol. They should contain at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These levels are also safe for human skin.

According to the FDA, the following disinfectants are “underpowered,” which means they don’t contain enough active ingredients that protect people from infection:

  • 62% alcohol antiseptic hand sanitizer (Quimica Magna de Mexico)
  • Bernal (Magna Chemistry)
  • Datsen (Great Chemistry)
  • Derma70 Hand Sanitizer (Asiaticon)
  • Clean humans (DEPQ Internacional)
  • CleanCare NoGerm (Precision Analitica Integral)
  • Dgreen (DEPQ International)
  • Hand sanitizer (DEPQ Internacional)
  • HF&N (Healthy Food and Nutrition Lab)
  • Medical spirit (Asiaticon)
  • NeoNatural (clean chemicals)
  • OZO (hospital strategy)
  • Protz Real Antibacterial Protection (Asiaticon)
  • UltraCruz (Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Texas)
  • V-KLEAN (Asiaticon)
  • Yakana (Groupe Yakana)

Worse yet, some of these disinfectants also contain methanol, which is used to make fuel and is dangerous when absorbed through the skin, inhaled, or ingested.

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