Which Virus Disinfectant is Best?

Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses that can be eliminated with disinfectant products

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced clarifications regarding which disinfectants are best to protect people from coronavirus, such as SARS-CoV-2.

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.

According to the EPA, coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to eliminate with the appropriate disinfectant product. 

The products appearing on EPA’s list registered disinfectant products have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. 

This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, even in advance of an outbreak, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2.

This information also empowers additional communications intended to inform the public about the utility of these products against the emerging pathogen in the most expeditious manner.

“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,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, in a press statement.

“EPA is providing this important information in a public and transparent manner on disinfectant products to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.” 

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Consumers using these disinfectants on an enveloped emerging virus should follow the directions for use on the product’s master label, paying close attention to the contact time for the product on the treated surface (i.e., how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface).

To view the list of EPA-registered disinfectant products, visit this EPA page. 

The EPA’s Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance was developed and finalized in 2016 to allow for a rapid response in the event of an emerging viral pathogen outbreak. 

It was triggered for the first time ever for SARS-CoV-2 on January 29, 2020. 

The EPA guidance outlines a voluntary, pre-approval process for making emerging viral pathogens claims. In the event of an outbreak, companies with pre-approved products can make off-label claims for use against the outbreak virus.

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.

Coronavirus product news published by Precision Vaccinations.