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EPA approves two Lysol products as the first to effectively kill novel coronavirus on surfaces

Deborah Charaman
downtown Detroit. Charaman says she is concerned about the possibility of the Coronavirus reaching Detroit. The disinfectant is for staff at the school to use to wipe down desks and door knobs. (AP Photo/Corey Williams)

The US Environmental Protection Agency has approved two Lysol products as effective against the novel coronavirus when used on hard, non-porous surfaces.

Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist meet the EPA’s criteria for use against the SARS-CoV-2. Laboratory testing found that both these products kill the coronavirus two minutes after contact, the agency announced in a statement Monday.

While there are more than 420 products on the list of disinfectants that the EPA says are strong enough to ward off “harder-to-kill” viruses than the novel coronavirus, the two Lysol products are the first to have been tested directly against the virus and proved effective.

Lysol said in a statement it is currently working on testing the efficacy of other disinfectant products against Covid-19.