HOCl Trust for Hygiene and Safer Water

According to the WHO, frontline staff should be provided with Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) as 'CRITICAL COMMODITY' PPE for the current SARS-CoV-2 outbreak as well as goggles, visors, alcohol-based hand rub, scrubs, heavy aprons...

Available Free Chlorine (AVC) in the form of hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is made from Sodium dichloroisocyanurate (NaDCC) tablets when dissolved in water.

  • Hypochlorous acid therefore is on the World Health Organization's Covid-19 v4 Disease Commodity Package listed as 'PPE for Health Care Facilities', listed as 'NaDCC'.
  • Hypochlorous acid is the most powerful and safest viricidal sanitiser available. It is being used for fogging and decontamination around the world in the battle against SARS-CoV-2.
  • Hypocholous acid kills pathogens quickly and non-toxically with an unrivalled kill rate.
  • Hypocholous acid makes up part of our immune systems and is safe for topical use on skin, and is safe for use in eyes, nasal cavities and as a gargle.
  • Hypocholous acid should be issued to our frontline keyworkers for their personal use and protection from SARS-CoV-2 during this pandemic.
  • If our frontline keyworkers were decontaminating themselves and their equipment with HOCl the rate of infection in the health care sector would reduce dramatically.

The new dedicated NHS supply channel for PPE lists hypochlorous acid under 'General Purpose Detergent'*. However, the products itemised combine sodium troclosene with detergents so they cannot be used to their full potential, such as for fogging. HOCl's potential for combating Covid-19 is being seriously overlooked.

*I can't see 'hypochlorous acid' on the list...

No, what you will find is Diversey's 'Chlorine Granules 500gm', Ecolab and Guest Medical's 'Chlorine releasing tablets with detergent'. Unfortunately although all three products list the active ingredient as sodium troclosene (another name for NaDCC) on their Material Safety Data Sheets, they also have added ingredients which prevent them from being used in any other way than as a general purpose, albeit powerful detergent. You can't use these products topically (on the skin), or for fogging, which is safe to do around people if pure hypochlorous acid is used.

Supporting References

WHO Disease Commodity Packages

Novel Coronavirus Covid-19 v4 DCP 6th March 2020

World Health Organization Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality, 3rd edition including 1st and 2nd addenda, 2008 - Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate as NaDCC

Joint ILO/WHO Guidelines on health services and HIV/AIDS p.80 Ref: NaDCC = hypochlorous acid