Ask CDC to list home generated hypochlorous acid (HOCl) as effective for killing viruses.

Ask CDC to list home generated hypochlorous acid (HOCl) as effective for killing viruses.

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Currently the CDC is only listing bottled disinfectants with EPA approved labels as agents that are effective against killing viruses. In October 2002, the FDA cleared electrolytically generated hypochlorous acid (HOCl) as a high-level disinfectant (FDA, personal communication, September 18, 2002). In 2008, the CDC listed HOCl in their 2008 guidelines for healthcare facilities but refuses to list it on their website as an effective agent against killing viruses. Instead, the CDC will only list chlorine bleach (NaOCl). With over 100 years of research on chlorine chemistry, 100% of chlorine chemists will tell you that hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is more effective at killing viruses than bottled chlorine bleach (NaOCl). 

HOCl is not a bottled chemical but is generated at home with electrolysis devices using table salt, water and electricity. Generating HOCl at home is incredibly cheap and easy. The cost for a home device is no more than a coffee maker or microwave and the electrolysis devices can last up to 10 years when the cells are made with high grade titanium. The cost of a high quality HOCl system for the home is less than $150. Calculate the savings versus bottled chemical purchases over 10 years.

In the current environment battling coronavirus (COVID-19), bottled disinfectants are becoming less and less available in stores. With over 30 years of published research to back the use of HOCl and over 100 years of chlorine chemistry research, why is the CDC not educating the public on the use of HOCl as an effective disinfectant against viruses? Why are we so dependent on bottled chemicals from big chemical companies? Other countries such as Japan and South Korea have educated their citizens on its use. Why is the CDC refusing to list hypochlorous acid (HOCl) as an effective disinfectant for killing viruses? It is time to educate the American public and to stop being so dependent on bottled disinfectants from big chemical companies.