The US Environmental Protection Agency has approved two Lysol products as effective against the novel coronavirus when used on hard, non-porous surfaces.
The Lysol products were the first to be directly tested against SARS-CoV-2 and approved by the EPA. But they come from a group called “List N” of more than 420 products that have demonstrated being able to kill “harder-to-kill” viruses on surfaces than SARS-CoV-2. Those products “meet the agency’s criteria for effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2.”
“EPA expects to approve such claims for additional List N products in the coming weeks,” the agency said in its release.
The EPA expects all products on the list to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 when used according to label directions, regardless of whether they have completed laboratory testing against SARS-CoV-2.
While it’s “possible that a person could get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,” that isn’t thought to be the main way that the virus spreads, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The primary and most important mode of transmission for COVID-19 is through close contact from person-to-person,” the CDC has said.
Lysol said in a statement it is currently working on testing the efficacy of other disinfectant products against Covid-19.
“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,” said Rahul Kadyan, executive vice president of Reckitt Benckiser in North America, Lysol’s parent company.
Reckitt Benckiser made headlines in April when the company strongly urged people not to use any of its products internally after President Donald Trump suggested that receiving an “injection” of a disinfectant could “knock out” the Covid-19 in “a minute.”
More products will be added to List N. The EPA chart shows the virus that has been tested and uses “SARS-CoV-2” if it has been tested against the pathogen that causes Covid-19. So far, Lysol makes the only two on the list.