The nose is a primary reservoir for bacteria and viruses that can cause illness.
Killing germs at the source—the nose—has been clinically proven to help reduce infection risk.
- Federal policymakers can play a pivotal role in advancing nasal sanitization as a public health infection prevention strategy.
- Many harmful pathogens, including COVID-19, have been efficiently inactivated by alcohol-based hand rub formulations in vitro, leading to WHO and CDC recommending the use of commercially available topical antiseptics in health care systems and during viral outbreaks. However, no topical antiseptics, including hand sanitizers, are approved by the FDA to prevent or treat COVID-19.
- Despite following the same FDA regulations as hand sanitizer, alcohol-based nasal antiseptics have yet to be recommended by CDC and WHO as an infection prevention practice for the public.
Sanitize Your Nose advisors’ recommendations to CDC:
- CDC should test alcohol-based nasal antiseptic formulations just as they have tested hand sanitizers for use in viral outbreaks.
- CDC should recommend use of nasal antiseptic formulations in public health guidelines along with hand sanitizers
Broad adoption of hand sanitizing with alcohol-based solutions took place only 20 years ago. Policymakers should learn from this and help accelerate the adoption of nasal sanitization.
- Purell® was invented in 1988 but didn’t hit consumer shelves until nearly a decade later (1997); even then, the public was uninformed and uninterested.
- It wasn’t until 2002 that the CDC revised its hand hygiene guidelines to include alcohol-based sanitizers in the health care setting. Seven years later, the WHO followed suit.
- Today, hand sanitizer is a staple in homes and public places, including schools, airports, and hospitals.
- Nozin® Nasal Sanitizer® antiseptic is also alcohol-based, proven to kill 99.99% of germs, and used safely by millions. It’s time to include this vital hygiene practice in public health guidelines.
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