EPA approves first surface disinfectant products tested for the coronavirus

EPA approves first surface disinfectant products tested for the coronavirus

Reckitt Benckiser's (OTCPK:RBGPF) Lysol Disinfectant Spray has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The EPA has a list of all disinfectant products that meet the criteria necessary to kill the coronavirus.

In the meantime, you can use the next best thing: seven disinfecting products that the EPA approved to help protect against emerging enveloped viral pathogens, such as the coronavirus.

Before pesticide products can legally claim they kill a pathogen similar to SARS-CoV-2, they must be authorized by the EPA based on a review of data.

Unfortunately, both the Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Max Cover Disinfectant Mist are sold out everywhere we looked online. The agency says it expects to approve more disinfectants in the next few weeks.

According to the statement, the Lysol products were "tested per EPA testing guidelines and was found to kill the virus at 2 minutes of use".

"EPA's review of products tested against this virus marks an important milestone in President Trump's all of government approach to fighting the spread of COVID-19", Andrew Wheeler, the administrator of the agency, said in a statement.

"Lysol is now testing the efficacy of other disinfectant products in the brand portfolio", Ferran Rousaud, marketing director for Lysol, said in a statement. A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that some Americans are using household cleaners incorrectly, and this can be risky.

Based on the results, the CDC said, COVID-19 prevention messages should keep emphasizing "evidence-based, safe practices" like frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces.

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