Journal article

Potential methanol toxicity and the importance of using a standardised alcohol-based hand rub formulation in the era of COVID-19

K Dear, L Grayson, R Nixon

Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control | BMC | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Hand sanitisers are urgently needed in the time of COVID-19, and as a result of shortages, some people have resorted to making their own formulations, including the repurposing of distilleries. We wish to highlight the importance of those producing hand sanitisers to avoid methylated spirits containing methanol and to follow WHO recommended formulations. METHODS: We explore and discuss reports of methanol toxicity through ingestion and transdermal absorption. We discuss the WHO formulations and explain the rationale behind the chosen ingredients. SHORT CONCLUSION: We advise those producing hand sanitisers to follow WHO recommended formulations, and advise those producing hand san..

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