COVID-19: Looking for an effective antimicrobial agent?
COVID-19: Looking for an effective antimicrobial agent? Benzalkonium Chloride (BKC) is recommended by several national agencies as an effective agent to control infection by Covid-19.
BKC, a Quaternary Ammonium Compound (or Quat), is an ideal antimicrobial agent with proven efficacy. It is broadly used in topical and wound care products such as hand sanitizers, antiseptic liquids, foams, gels and cleansing wipes. BKC acts on a wide range of microorganisms, including enveloped viruses such as influenza and Corona, gram+ and gram- bacteria such as MRSA, moulds and yeasts such as Candida albicans.
As opposed to bacteriostatic/fungistatic compounds which only prevent micro-organisms from dividing (growing), Quats are bactericidal/fungicidal: They will kill micro-organisms in a growth phase or not. Quats are effective at all pH levels, and their effectiveness increases when the pH increases. The higher the pH, the lower the concentration needed to obtain an antimicrobial effect.
No matter the formulation, products coming in contact with either healthy or damaged epithelial tissue, must be manufactured with great care, using the best quality and safest ingredients. All our Quats are manufactured cGMP, at the highest purity and grade.
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