EPA releases list of disinfectants to use against coronavirus

As such, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quickly published a list of disinfectant products that are now confirmed to be effective in killing the virus on surfaces.

The federal agency released a five-page list of chemicals and products Thursday that it says are strong enough to ward off "harder-to-kill" viruses than SARS-CoV-2, the virus that's responsible for the disease. The EPA explains that coronaviruses in general are "enveloped viruses", which basically means they are easy to kill, if you use the right disinfectant product and follow the directions provided on the label. Find the rest of the list on the EPA website.

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

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"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 said in a statement. Registration and oversight of disinfectant products falls under U.S. EPA's authority pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

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. Upon obtaining the agency's approval, a party may then make certain claims in marketing materials about the product's effectiveness against the emerging viral pathogen.

Among the disinfectants on the list, are a number of professional and common household cleaners, such as Lysol and Clorox.

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