With the coronavirus (COVID-19) still sweeping the nation, many of us are still doing all we can to keep ourselves safe. One of the best ways to do that is to ensure that we’re keeping things clean. When it comes to disinfecting supplies, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just endorsed two products that will help protect from the virus in as little as two minutes.
On July 6, the EPA made a statement saying that two Lysol Disinfectant products can effectively kill the coronavirus in two minutes: Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist. Back in May, the CDC suggested that folks use EPA-registered household disinfectants that were only expected to kill the virus, but this is the first set of products that have been found to be specifically effective at killing SARS-CoV-2.
According to an EPA spokesperson, these two products have now been adequately tested against COVID-19. “These products are distinct because of how they’ve been tested,” they told Yahoo Life. “As SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus, it has only recently become available for laboratory testing. These two products are the first for which EPA has completed its review of laboratory testing data confirming that the products are effective against SARS-CoV-2 when used according to the label directions.”
While these two products are currently out of stock online, we can expect that we’ll get more guidance as to which cleaning products are best to use as time goes along. “EPA is committed to identifying new tools and providing accurate and up-to-date information to help the American public protect themselves and their families from the novel coronavirus,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a press release.
Touching surfaces isn’t the most dangerous way to get the coronavirus, according to the CDC. Rather, you’re more likely to get the virus from inhaling or coming into direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person through coughing, sneezing, or talking. That being said, taking preventative measures in your environment is certainly a useful thing to do. For some more expert-approved ways to keep yourself and your family safe, check out this article!