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12Mar/200

Will the Purell Hand Sanitizer Market Ever Be the Same After the Coronavirus Disease of 2019-2020?

Coronavirus Disease 2019-2020 Purell Hand Sanitizer

By now you know that Purell hand sanitizer has become as good as gold.  Liquid Gold, that is... but no longer Texas Tea.  This time it's of the 70% ethyl variety and an insane "black" market has sprung up to capitalize on the opportunity to make some money.  What has now become so prolific that online retailers such as Amazon and eBay have prohibited KN-95 masks, hand sanitizer, and hand sanitizing wipes listings, here we examine how this market formed.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease has spread globally since 2019, resulting in the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. Common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Muscle pain, sputum production and sore throat are some of the less common symptoms. While the majority of cases result in mild symptoms, some progress to pneumonia and multi-organ failure. The case fatality rate is estimated at between 1% and 5% but varies by age and other health conditions.

The infection is spread from one person to others via respiratory droplets, often produced during coughing. Time from exposure to onset of symptoms is generally between 2 and 14 days, with an average of 5 days. The standard method of diagnosis is by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) from a nasopharyngeal swab or sputum sample. Antibody assays can also be used, using a blood serum sample. The infection can also be diagnosed from a combination of symptoms, risk factors, and a chest CT scan showing features of pneumonia.

Recommended measures to prevent the disease include frequent hand washingmaintaining distance from other people and not touching one's face. The use of masks is recommended for those who suspect they have the virus and their caregivers but not for the general public. There is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19; management involves treatment of symptoms, supportive care and experimental measures.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak a pandemic and a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Evidence of local transmission of the disease has been found in multiple countries across all six WHO regions.

 

Purell Hand Sanitzer 1oz Travel Size Bottles

 

Purell is an instant hand sanitizer made of ethyl alcohol. It has been claimed to "[kill] more than 99.99% of most common germs that may cause illness in a healthcare setting, including MRSA & VRE." However, amidst the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to Purell's maker, US company Gojo Industries, to stop its claims that the product is effective at eliminating diseases because there are no peer-reviewed, published clinical studies demonstrating the company's claims.

Purell's active ingredient is ethanol (70% v/v). It is used by wetting one's hands thoroughly with the product, then briskly rubbing one's hands together until dry. The brand is owned by Gojo Industries. Purell was introduced to the market in 1996. PURELL Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitzer was the first hand sanitizer to meet EcoLogo CCD-170 standards.

End Part One

Be sure to leave your comments below and stay tuned for Part Two where I examine the mindset of those profiting from this outbreak.

 

Onward & Upward,

JD Bloodstone

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