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The differences between Antibacterials, Antivirals, and Antimicrobials

In the journey to create safer environments we know that understanding the way different products work can become slightly confusing. Antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral? What’s the difference between them? Which one should you use in which environment?

In this blog post we’re going to outline the main differences in these properties and see which is most beneficial to you.


Antibacterial

An antibacterial is something that destroys the growth of bacteria, so they can not reproduce. Antibacterials will not help with reducing the risk of symptoms for viral infections.

According to the FDA and other health bodies, antibacterial soap isn’t any more effective at killing germs than regular soap. In fact, it could be worse for you. The way in which regular soap and antibacterial soap kill germs are different. Regular soap mixes with water and works to break apart the outer membrane, which destroys the virus. Antibacterial soap inhibits the growth of viruses which can destroy them, but this process takes a lot longer than regular soap. Additionally, the chemicals found in these products can be harmful. Two of these chemicals, Triclosan and Triclocarban, were banned by the FDA in 2016, as well as 19 other chemicals found in antibacterial soap. However, both of these chemicals are still found in many health-care products, despite having no added health benefits. They could also lead to antibacterial resistance.


Antiviral

An antiviral is something that is effective against viruses. This is usually a medicine or drug. These drugs are only effective against viruses when given within a certain time frame. They can prevent or limit viruses.

With antibacterials not being able to kill viruses, how can we prevent them and stop their spread in our everyday lives?


Antimicrobial

Antimicrobials kill and stop the growth of micro-organisms. Where as antibacterials can only target bacteria, antimicrobials can target bacteria, fungi, parasites, and some viruses.

Essentially, all bacteria are microbes, but not all microbes are bacteria. Even though antimicrobials can kill viruses, it doesn’t mean they can all kill all viruses. It’s important that it’s specified which viruses’ antimicrobials can kill.


So, which is best?

Overall, antimicrobials have a lot more potential to be useful in day-to-day life as they can help protect against different microbes. Integrating them into different environments will help reduce the spread of infectious diseases.

HYGI-Group products are made from an antimicrobial metal alloy. These products continuously work in between cleaning and are scientifically proven to kill COVID-19.

Introducing these products into your environment will ensure extra safety when considering that regular cleaning, sanitizing, and hand washing with antibacterials alone isn’t as effective and can use chemicals that aren't good for you.


For more information contact us at info@hygi-group.com today.

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