Clorox, Lysol, Purell and many other disinfectant products claim that the products can kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. Some claim the ability to even kill the Human Coronavirus.
Novel Coronavirus, formerly known as 2019-nCoV and known as SARS-COV-2, is a new strain of coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China that has now made it to the States. Investigations are ongoing to better understand the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with the Novel Coronavirus, but there are indications that person-to-person spread is occurring[i].
According to the CDC, patients with confirmed infections have reported mild to severe respiratory illnesses with symptoms including: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.[iv]
The best way to protect yourself is avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC always recommends simple everyday preventative steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory virus, including:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
As with all infectious diseases, good hygiene can play a role in controlling its spread. However, the most important public health recommendation is that people report to the nearest health facility if they develop any symptoms indicative of Coronavirus. Call the office of your health care provider before you go and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness.
On the list was Clorox and Lysol disinfecting wipes.
Specific Lysol products have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) on hard, non-porous surfaces. In accordance with the EPA Viral Emerging Pathogen Policy, the following Lysol products can be used against 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) when used in accordance with the directions for use, according to Lysol’s website.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has some guidance on the disinfectants. Although they are thought to be effective against the novel coronavirus, their ability to kill the novel coronavirus has not been scientifically proven. View the disinfectant comparison chart by the EPA : Disinfectants comparison cart
David Suzuki’s Foundation says toxic cleaners may be tempting during cold and flu season, but disinfecting to keep germs at bay does have to be toxic. On the foundation’s website there are instructions on how to use vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together to fight against germs.