: Received: 5 July 2021 / Approved: 6 July 2021 / Online: 6 July 2021 (09:36:37 CEST)
: Received: 10 September 2021 / Approved: 10 September 2021 / Online: 10 September 2021 (11:05:50 CEST)
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Nowbuth, A.A.; Armstrong, J.B.; Cloete, T.E.; Fourie, P.R. A Potential Benefit of Hypochlorous Acid - Facial Sanitisation. Preprints2021, 2021070129 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0129.v2).
Nowbuth, A.A.; Armstrong, J.B.; Cloete, T.E.; Fourie, P.R. A Potential Benefit of Hypochlorous Acid - Facial Sanitisation. Preprints 2021, 2021070129 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0129.v2).
Sanitisation has become a major component of everyday life, with emphasis on the hands and surfaces. The face remains unsanitised due to the lack of an acceptable sanitiser. The use of masks has been mandated to reduce the spread of the pathogens by covering the face, however, there remain issues with the use of personal protective equipment. The face remains a harbour for upper respiratory tract infections, with constant deposition of microbes. By reducing microbial load, the risk of both infection and severity are reduced. HOCl has proven antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity, including efficacy against SARS-CoV-2. A facial sanitiser, alongside hand sanitisers and masks, improves protection against SARS-CoV-2. The advantages of regular sanitising of the face and mask include reduced level of microbial contamination, risk of biofilm formation, and respiratory tract and skin infections. HOCl was reviewed as a face and mask sanitiser, concluding that it was an ideal product.
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