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Perfumes as a secret weapon against COVID-19

Perfumes as a secret weapon against COVID-19

One may use perfume for its pleasure and soothing impacts on human life. But, would not it be surprising if it offers you something very beneficial for your health. Especially in the time of misery and lock-down caused by the corona virus. What if it proves to be the secret
agent against COVID-19 disease? If we have a look back into the history, we will be able to find out that in the past, besides using fragrances for its pleasing effects on human life, it was extensively used in medicine. The use of perfumes in medicine can be attributed to the
fact that it contains a high percentage of alcohol in its composition. Anything that contains more than 60% of alcohol can be used as sanitizer against various viruses and bacteria. We encounter most of the disease causing germs through our hands. These can be the
potential carriers of viral or bacterial diseases. The best way to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of these germs micro-organisms is to dis-infect our hands regularly. The purpose is usually achieved by using good hand washes and soaps. In case, you are at some place where it is not possible for you to wash hands, you can disinfect your hands by using sanitizers. As you don’t need water when using hand sanitizer for cleaning purposes. These are the liquid chemical containing a major proportion i.e. almost 80% of the alcohol. It destroys the outer-membrane of the corona virus which is made up of lipids. Alcohol being the excellent organic solvent dissolves the lipid membrane of virus. Alcohol has a very eminent role when it comes to killing micro-organisms like viruses and bacteria from any the surface of any place or from the skin. So, you only need to put a little sanitizer on your hands and spreading it properly all over your hands.

We are living in the time when corona virus has hi-jacked the Globe and no country is safe
from its ruinous effects. The COVID-19 pandemic which is followed by unusual events in
history and is affecting almost every industry. Same change applies when it comes to
discuss about the fragrance industry. This can be explained by keeping in view the
composition of fragrances. As we know that the major component of perfumes is alcohol,
which is the main sanitizing agent used for disinfecting the surfaces and skin against germs.
Here, arise the question about the idea of using perfumes as sanitizing liquids. Perfumes are
anti-septic added with the quality of being beauty fragrance.
In turkey, cologne and perfumes are largely used as sanitizing material. Cologne is the
major part of Turkish lifestyle. They use it like the most important component of their
everyday lives. They serve their guests with cologne as a sign of good will. After the
COVID-19 outbreak, they started using them to disinfect their hands, which not only
ensures the protection against harmful viruses but also give the pleasing and soothing effects
to the attitude.

Some clerics in Iran are also shown while using cologne for the treatment of patient infected with COVID-19. Cologne contains almost 70% of alcohol. That is why it can be used as a
good hand sanitizer.
In the pandemic, as we all are facing the lack of sanitizing liquids and medical equipment like mask etc. merchants are stocking the sanitizers and are selling them at very high prices at black market. In the case, it is preferable to use something that can act as substitute of sanitizers to rectify the lack of sanitizers in the the miserable condition of virus outbreak.
What can be better than perfumes to use in place of sanitizers for the purpose of disinfection in the era when world is facing shortage of sanitizers.
Since the outburst of corona virus the market sale of perfumes have shown a remarkable increase, the increase in the sale is about 150-200% of its sale before pandemic. This can be
attributes to the hike in the prices of sanitizers and lack of its availability during the

pandemic. Being high in alcoholic content, the producers are now working on serving the
demands of consumers of perfumes for use as a sanitizer around the globe.
In addition to its role in improving sanitizing conditions for people during the COVID-19

outbreak, it has an eminent role in improving the psychological, behavioral and emotional attitude of people staying at home during the lockdown. Fragrances give a soothing effect
and contributes in bringing positivity. It brings about happiness to the moods of people
during the stress of COVID-19. The corona virus has occupied the nerves of all and sundry,
black and white, old and young, men and women, poor and rich. The pandemic has brought
about a wide range of change in the behavior of consumers of perfumes and fragrances all
around the world.
So, the manufacturing companies are looking forward to add fragrances to alcohol based
sanitizers that work in twice capacity i.e. providing sanitization and giving fragrances to
provide soothing effect to the consumers. The consumers are surely going to prefer fragrant
sanitizers over simple ones.
We can say that perfumes are acting as a secret weapon in our fight against corona virus. So,
if you are facing the problem of lack in the availability of sanitizers, you need not to get
panic as you can use perfumes and fragrances that can serve the purpose of sanitizers.
Instead of making home-based sanitizers, you can rely on perfumes as home based
sanitizers may not contain the proper percentage of alcohol and other content and may cause
harm to the skin instead of good. After coming in contact with any infected surface, you can disinfect your hands by rubbing your hands properly with a perfume. But, be careful while
choosing any perfume for the purpose of disinfecting liquid as some perfumes may contain chemicals that may prove harmful for the skin.

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