Published: Sun, March 08, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

EPA releases list of approved disinfectants to use against coronavirus

EPA releases list of approved disinfectants to use against coronavirus

You may even have some of these at home like: bleach disinfectant cleaner, Clorox, Lysol and Purell disinfectant wipes.

The EPA released a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products on March 5, 2020, that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease.

The ABC News story also notes the EPA does not review other household products, such as vinegar, or whether they're effective against viruses and bacteria.

"Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspects such as hand washing", EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler explained in a press release on Thursday. The agency reviews them and determines whether the company can safely make that claim.

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What the medical community knows so far is that the COVID-19 virus primarily spreads through people and contact, particularly with respiratory droplets such as spits, sneezes, and coughs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also echoed this Reminder, reiterating that the best way to keep your hands free of germs is to use alcohol or wash with alcohol and soap for 20 seconds several times during the day.

The products approved to fight against the virus were chosen through the Emerging Viral Pathogen program, which was developed in 2016 for rapid response to viral pathogen outbreaks. Therefore, disinfectant wipes have limited use in this respect.

To view the list of EPA-registered disinfectant products, visit this EPA page. This guidance was triggered on January 29, 2020 by the epidemic rise of coronavirus cases worldwide. If the directions for use list different contact times or dilutions, officials say to use the longest contact time or most concentrated solution.

As additional disinfectant products meet the listed criteria for effective use against the SARS-CoV-2, EPA's list will be updated accordingly.

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