The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved two Lysol products that fight directly against COVID-19 when used on hard, non-porous surfaces.
“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,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “EPA’s review of products tested against this virus marks an important milestone in President Trump’s all of government approach to fighting the spread of COVID-19.”
The EPA listed more than 420 products they feel are strong enough to ward off coronavirus on surfaces. However, the two Lysol products have proven effective from lab tests to combat the virus directly.
The EPA’s two approved products are Lysol Disinfectant Spray (EPA Reg No. 777-99) and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist (EPA Reg No. 777-127).
The testing of products to curb the coronavirus’s spread began in January, which in turn now allows manufacturers to provide the EPA with data in advance of an outbreak to prove products can fight harder to kill viruses than coronavirus.
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 mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,” that isn’t thought to be the primary 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,” said the CDC.
The CDC also recommends that avoiding close contact, covering their mouth and nose when around others, covering coughs and sneezes, washing their hands often, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily are the best ways to avoid contracting the virus.