In a disruptive report published in The Journal of Hospital Infection by the Healthcare Infection Society, it was learned that Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK) completely inactivates SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
All experiments were performed in a BSL-3 laboratory, with approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee at Brigham Young University (protocol 2020-0069). Each test was then repeated on at least two different dates.
"The most significant finding of this study is that benzalkonium chloride hand sanitizer is effective at inactivating SARS-CoV-2, which is useful for healthcare professionals to know. Since alcohol-based hand sanitizer is the only type recommended by the CDC and also the only type given expedited manufacturing approval by the U.S. Food and Drug administration, alcohol hand sanitizer has overwhelmingly been the dominant choice for SARS-CoV-2 control in the U.S., leading to acute supply shortages in the U.S. and elsewhere (3, 9).
However, benzalkonium chloride has several advantages over alcohol for hand disinfection: it is non-toxic, less irritating to skin, and non-flammable (10). In fact, switching from alcohol to benzalkonium chloride hand sanitizer can lead to better hand hygiene compliance from healthcare workers, possibly decreasing overall viral contamination of their hands (10). Since both alcohols and Quats inactivate this virus, healthcare facilities and providers should choose a hand sanitizer product for COVID-19 control based on comfort, cost, and availability."
This is especially exciting news because our Foaming Hand Sanitizers are based on Benzalkonium Chloride, which means you can be confident that you're fighting SARS-CoV-2 effectively when you shop SONO.
If you would like to read the full study, here's the link.