It is widely accepted that one of the most effective protective measures against bacterial and viral infections is hand and surface disinfection. Disinfection measures can quickly and safely break chains of infection to prevent the transmission of pathogens.
The production of ethanol is both fast and cost-effective, which is why it is the only substance available for alcohol-based disinfectants in many countries. A restriction or possible ban of ethanol in disinfectants would therefore have serious consequences for the ongoing health crisis and future pandemics.
Detailed information on the importance of ethanol in infection control is available here.