Washington, DC – The public and private sectors have been working around the clock during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep Americans healthy and safe. While medical researchers create tests and work towards a vaccine, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has already made great strides to test and approve disinfectants as successful tools to combat SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus which causes COVID-19.
This week the EPA approved certain substances as effective combatants of SARS-CoV-2 and released updated guidance for those seeking review of disinfectant product labels against this virus. As COVID-19 continues across communities, the EPA’s efforts to test disinfectants are vital for American consumers to ensure spaces around them stay clean and unharmed. We know that safely reopening our country will depend, in part, on businesses, houses of worship, and learning institutions taking extra precautions to disinfect commonly used areas in these places. While manufacturers are working to meet the increased demand for these products, EPA continues to identify new products that are effective in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This week, after extensive testing, the EPA approved two additional products, Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist, as effective in killing the virus on surfaces. The full list of approved disinfectant products against SARS-CoV-2 can be found on the EPA’s website, here.
Additionally, the EPA updated its guidance for those seeking for their products be listed as approved disinfectants to kill the virus during this time. The EPA first issued guidance for those seeking claims in January of this year, and the recent updates released help to streamline applications while ensuring thorough testing. Consumers can also find tips for safe and effective use of disinfectants here.
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