COVID-19 & AMR

The mysterious case of the missing hand sanitizers

The other day, Anum mentioned a colleague at work had cheekily pointed out the pointlessness of using hand sanitizer, an antibacterial agent, as a defense against coronavirus, a… virus. I thought about it for a second and responded with a confident “no, it’s not just antibacterial, it’s antimicrobial, silly!” (I may or may not have googled “is hand sanitizer antimicrobial?” a few minutes later. It is indeed, in case you were also wondering.) An antimicrobial is an antibacterial+; it kills bacteria, but also other…