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VIRAL PROTECTION

Focus on effective IPC guidelines

Over the past 50 years, more than 300 pathogens have emerged or re-emerged, including Zika, Yellow fever, Ebola, and recently SARS-CoV-2 causing the deadly COVID-19 disease. Such epidemics and pandemics have been forecasted and are anticipated in the future. Factors that contribute to this include:

1. Human population growth and encroachment into pristine wilderness, where unknown viruses and bacteria may be lurking in the wildlife.

2. Human migratory patterns, where a surge in international travel has enabled viruses to spread quickly around the globe, especially in highly populated areas.

3. Climate change has caused disease-carrying insects and animals to expand their habitats to new regions (REF).

The World Health Organization (WHO) monitors viral outbreaks closely and develops guidelines for infection prevention and control (IPC) strategies. Proper hand hygiene measures for the general public, and for healthcare workers specifically, are of crucial importance. There remains an unmet need for well-tolerated, effective virucidal solutions that do not compromise skin health due to repeated use.