TEMPO.CO, Jakarta -The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) had issued a guideline on how to correctly make and apply hand sanitizers that are considered to be medically safe, which adheres to the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation.
Head of the COVID-19 task force's expert team Professor Wiku Adisasmito announced the guideline in a press conference at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) headquarters on Monday, March 30, 2020.
"In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the use of antiseptics such as hand sanitizers should be used in moderation to avoid skin irritation," said the professor.
Wiku explained that the ingredients needed to compose a hand sanitizer that is recommended by the BPOM are: 96 percent ethanol, 98 percent glycerol, 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, and sterile water. The professor reminded people to avoid ingredients that may cause fire hazards.
"Take extra caution on ingredients that are flammable, especially among smokers or those working in the kitchen," Wiku said.
However, Professor Wiku underlined the fact that washing your hands on a routine basis is the most effective way to get rid and kill viruses compared to the application of hand sanitizers. "Immediately take a shower after conducting outdoor activities," Wiku reminded.