The recent Swine Flu outbreak has manufacturers of hand sanitizers and implement disinfectants scrambling to reassure the public that their products can effectively combat the H1N1 virus — better known as the swine flu.
“The new strain of Swine Flu is a sub-type of the Influenza A virus,” explains Gerri Cevetillo-Tuccillo, general manager of Ultronics. “The U.S. EPA has recently informed disinfectant manufacturers that disinfectants effective against Influenza A viruses will also be effective against the current 2009 variant of the H1N1 Influenza virus.” This includes Ultracare Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate.
Hand sanitizers are also effective. And with the government urging the frequent use of hand sanitizers to help prevent the spread of the virus, makers of these products are reporting a huge spike in sales. “We are receiving calls from around the world requesting HandClens,” says Marwan Zreik, president of HandClens manufacturer Woodward Labs. “Over the last decade we’ve responded to SARS and the Avian Flu, and we expect sales to continue to rise as the number of Swine Flu cases spread.” According to the company, the hand sanitizer effectively kills 99.99% of disease-causing germs and has been proven to be effective against Influenza A, which is similar to the H1N1 swine flu virus.