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A new study from researchers at Brigham Young University finds that alcohol-free hand sanitizer is just as effective at disinfecting surfaces from the COVID-19 virus as alcohol-based products. 

The BYU scientists who conducted the study suspected that the CDC's preference for alcohol sanitizer stemmed from as-yet limited research on what really works to disinfect SARS-CoV-2. To explore other options, they treated samples of the novel coronavirus with benzalkonium chloride, which is commonly used in alcohol-free hand sanitizers, and several other quaternary ammonium compounds regularly found in disinfectants. In most of the test cases, the compounds wiped out at least 99.9% of the virus within 15 seconds. 

"Our results indicate that alcohol-free hand sanitizer works just as well, so we could, maybe even should, be using it to control COVID," said lead study author Benjamin Ogilvie.

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Test Results of Germbloc Hand Sanitizers vs. Coronavirus 

Germbloc Hand Sanitizer Foam and Hand Sanitizer Lotion- with the active ingredient benzalkonium chloride- were independently tested at Bio-Science Laboratories, Inc. In Bozeman, Montana against Coronavirus 29E using ASTM E1052 testing, an In-Vitro Time-Kill method. The effectiveness of the sanitizer was measured at separate intervals of 30 seconds, one minute, and three minutes. Bioscience Laboratories, INC. found both products to be 99.99% effective in killing Coronavirus 229E, a strain belonging to the same family as COVID-19.