COVID-19 Disinfectants: EPA Approves First SARS-CoV-2 Disinfection Sprays By Lysol After Only Study On Effectiveness Of Disinfectants Against COVID-19
: The American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just approved two disinfection sprays that can kill severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on surfaces. The agency gave the green light to Lysol Disinfectant Spray, and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist, as two products that can effectively kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus within two minutes of contact.
At the moment there are more than 400 disinfection products strong enough to remove hard-to-kill viruses, but these two products have been actually tested against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
The test results were published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC). https://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(20)30313-8/pdf
The study was the first comprehensive evaluation of the efficacy of popular brands like Lysol products in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Reckitt Benckiser, the makers of Lysol, commissioned the study as part of its commitment to developing scientific knowledge around hygiene and COVID-19.
Currently, health officials recommend regular hand washing, social distancing, and wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, disinfecting surfaces and regular cleaning are also valuable tools to contain the virus spread.
The US EPA tested the products and found that they can kill the pathogen within just two minutes.
Hygiene is both the foundation of health and essential in preventing the spread of illness-causing germs. The EPA's approval recognizes that using Lysol Disinfectant Spray can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces.
Rahul Kadyan, executive vice president of Reckitt Benckiser in North America told Thailand Medical News, “In the face of the pandemic, Lysol continues to work with a wide range of scientific and health experts to educate the public on the importance of hygiene."
Ferran Rousaud, Marketing Director for Lysol, said "Our investment in research is a part of our relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. The company has also started testing other disinfectant products to if they can effectively combat the novel coronavirus.”
The EPA approval comes one month after a US CDC survey found that individuals said they were cleaning more frequently because of the pandemic, but only about half said that they really knew how to clean and disinfect their home safely.
Interestingly, of those individuals who were surveyed that acknowledged that they used high-risk cleaning practices to prevent the spread of Covid-19, more were likely to report health problems related to cleaning.
The US CDC recommends that individuals always read the instructions on cleaning products. When cleaning, wear gloves or other protective gear. And don’t mix cleaning chemicals.
Thailand Medical News also advises readers to be careful when buying disinfectants from supermarkets etc as despite some paid media content by some brands in certain local English media famous for misinformation and fake n
ews, there are no supporting studies to show that these products actually work against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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