With the advent and development of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, antiseptics and disinfectants are in great demand on Moldovan market, and their sales have grown significantly. In recent months, local enterprises have stepped up the production of disinfectants, increased their imports, and several illegal businesses for the production and sale of antiseptic gels have already been identified on local market. This is why it is very important to be aware of the disinfectants or antiseptics we buy and their effects in the fight against the new coronavirus.
Thr research into the effects of COVID-19 is ongoing, and it is already known that the virus is transmitted by direct contact with the respiratory secretions of an infected person (through coughing and sneezing) and by touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. The virus can survive on a wide variety of surfaces for several hours or days, and the good news is that disinfectants and some antiseptic products can destroy it.
Alcohol destroys the virus
The most commonly used antiseptics, usually sold as a solution, gel, or spray, contain isopropyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, or a combination of both. The concentration of alcohol in these products must be of at least 70% (WHO recommendation). If this concentration is lower, the product will have no effects. Of the group of alcohols used as an antiseptic for the skin, ethyl alcohol (60-85%), isopropyl alcohol (60-80%) and N-propyl alcohol (60-80%) are of practical importance.
Like other viruses, coronavirus is enclosed in a lipid membrane (a fat capsule) and the products containing alcohol in a concentration of at least 70%, due to their chemical structure, have the ability to dissolve this membrane. If the protective layer of lipids covering the cell is destroyed, it simply decomposes. Therefore, for disinfection on should use products that contains substances capable of dissolving fats: soap and products with a high concentration of alcohol.
Sanitary alcohol can also be used as a disinfectant, but usually for disinfecting surfaces. It is not recommended to use it as a hand sanitizer. First of all, its contact with the skin is very fast, it has no biocidal effect and it evaporates quickly. That is why gels or other disinfectants contain besides alcohol, other substances that helps it penetrate deeply into the skin without any harmful effects. However, for surfaces we can use simple alcohol or even chlorine based disinfectants.
Moldovan producers of disinfectants and antiseptics
Chemix Grupp is the only producer of disinfectants and antiseptic gels in Moldova, whose product have been tested in accordance with European standards and requirements and the World Health Organization (presence on the label of standards: bactericide (EN 13727 + A2), fungicide ( EN 13624), tuberculocide (EN 14 348), virucide (EN 1476 + A1) and EN 1500, one of the main WHO standards). The company offers not only hand sanitizers, but also a range of disinfectants for medical, industrial and institutional areas, in particular products for the rapid disinfection of medical surfaces, devices and instruments.
Luxfarmol is a part of the free economic zone "Tvardita" and is licensed to carry out pharmaceutical activities. It is the is the main supplier of medical alcohol and disinfectants on the territory of the Republic of Moldova, and operates under the strict supervision of the Medicines and Medical Devices Agency, the National Council for Health Assessment and Accreditation and the National Center for Public Health. The company is supported at the state level in Moldova and its products are used in Moldovan medical institutions.
Viorica Cosmetic - in addition to a wide range of cosmetics, the producers also offers antibacterial gels with 70-85% alcohol. The products quickly destroy 99.99% of bacteria, fungi and several types of viruses.
Relaxa Aromatherapy is another local cosmetics manufacturer that offers several types of hand sanitizers that contain at least 70% alcohol. Flower water and glycerin in its composition protect the skin and restore the lipid layer, effectively acting against bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
EcoChim Grup is a producer of household and industrial disinfectant solutions from the northern part of Moldova. Products sold under the brand Bio Dez effectively fight the spread of bacteria and pathogenic viruses and have 72-75% alcohol.
ElaDum Pharma, an industrial pharmaceutical company founded in 2003, that launched this year the product Sanidez, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, made according to a WHO recommendations . The product contains 80% ethyl alcohol, glycerin and hydrogen peroxide.
Aromcom is a company that recently launched a line of hand and surface disinfectants with 72-75% alcohol. The product also contain lavender oil extract.
Viantic International is a cosmetics manufacturer that offers antiseptic sprays and hand gel-sanitizers with an alcohol concentration of 73%.
Rodital - Lux (Demo) is a company that has been on the local market for about 20 years and has recently started the production of alcohol-based sanitizers (72%) for hands and surfaces.
It is important to know that disinfectant solutions do not replace soap and water, but are an effective alternative. Disinfectants destroy many bacteria and viruses, but they cannot remove deep dirt, grease and some harmful substances that get into the palm of our hand.
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