- There are now two disinfection products that can be used to combat the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
- They can effectively neutralize more than 99% of viruses.
- However, experts say that if there are no products available, other common products may also be very effective.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved two Lysol products that can be used against the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The product is Lysol disinfectant spray and Lysol disinfectant Max Cover Mist, both approved last week and can be used on hard, non-porous surfaces.
A peer-reviewed study published in the American Journal of Infection Control in May was the first comprehensive analysis of the effectiveness of products such as Lysol against viruses.
The results of the study show that the efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 is higher than 99.9%.
Although EPA has listed more than 400 products that can effectively combat emerging viral pathogens and human coronaviruses, Lysol products are the first products that are directly tested against SARS-CoV-2.
“The best scientific research shows that an alcoholic solution containing at least 60% alcohol is most effective at killing non-enveloped viruses such as SARS-CoV-2. Lysol contains 40.33% alcohol and other potentially effective ingredients,”
According to a press release from Lykit’s manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser Group, after two minutes of exposure, both Lysol products killed the virus.
“Each EPA approved disinfectant has its own product description. Be sure to read the product description to ensure proper use.” said Dr. Jay Woody, FACEP, Chief Medical Officer of Intuitive Health and one of the co-founders of Legacy ER & Urgent Care.
The company that produces Lysol emphasizes that you should never use these products on your body.
“As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be aware that under no circumstances should our disinfection products (by injection, ingestion or any other route) be applied to the human body. As with all products, our disinfection Hygiene products should only be used as intended and in accordance with the usage guidelines. Please read the labels and safety information.” Reckitt Benckiser Group said in a statement.
Experts warn that you should protect yourself when using these powerful disinfectants.
Dr. Nikhil Bhayani, an infectious disease expert at the Texas Department of Health Resources, suggested that the label contains key instructions for safe and effective use, “including precautions that should be taken when using the product.” This includes wearing gloves and ensuring good ventilation during construction.
According to CNN, in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as Americans rushed to the grocery store to buy cleaning products, Lysol disinfectant was quickly removed.
Lysol recently said on social media: “The inventory of products on the shelves is changing every day, and it may be helpful to ask the retailer when to receive the next shipment.” “We also ask consumers to only buy what they need in order to Everyone can work together to stop this spread.”
Woody explained that although many disinfectants are currently out of stock, bleach is easily available and is a popular disinfectant product that has been proven to kill bacteria, including bacteria and viruses.
Fichtenbaum added: “Other compounds that can be used to kill viruses include quaternary ammonium salts and sodium hypochlorite.”
Woody explained that there is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting surfaces: “No bleach should be used to clean the surface. To clean the surface, use soap and water.”
And, like Lysol, bleach should never be used on or in your body.
Woody said: “The bleach can only be mixed with plain water.” “You should never use bleach or injection bleach on your skin for any reason.”
He warned that bleach is highly toxic. “If the bleach is injected or comes into contact with the skin, individuals should seek medical treatment immediately.”
Woody says you can make your own bleach mixture to effectively kill bacteria.
“The solution should be 1 cup of bleach and 5 gallons of water.” He said that the bleach solution should be used only on clean surfaces and must be air dried for 10 minutes to wipe off.
However, for small batches of products, Woody said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends mixing 4 teaspoons of bleach with 1 quart of dehydration.
He warned: “bleach can only be mixed with plain water.” “You should never use bleach or injection bleach on your skin for any reason.”
The EPA has approved two effective Lysol products that can effectively fight the viruses that cause COVID-19.
The researchers found that Lysol disinfectant spray and Lysol disinfectant Max Cover Mist can kill SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces within 2 minutes.
However, the increased demand for disinfectants has led to shortages. Experts say that if there is no disinfectant approved by the EPA, a mixture of bleach and water can effectively disinfect the surface.