We are now seeing inquiries regarding the effectiveness of disinfectants against the new strains, or variants, of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the virus that causes of the disease known as COVID-19.
“All products on the EPA List N will kill all strains of SARS-CoV-2, including new variants.”
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, all products on the EPA List N will kill all strains of SARS-CoV-2. Genetic changes to the virus do not impact the efficacy of disinfectants. List N disinfectants work by chemically inactivating viruses. The difficulty of killing a virus depends on its physical features, and the recent mutations to SARS-CoV-2 have not changed the basic physical properties.
This being said, any infectious pathogen that undergoes a change that increases its transmissibility poses a greater risk of spread throughout the community. Therefore, it is critical that facilities open to the public continue to ensure that:
- All frequently touched surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a routine basis
- Indoor air quality is maximized through proper ventilation and/or air filtration systems
- Effective hand washing and/or sanitizing is encouraged
- All other mitigation efforts, such as masking, social distancing, and physical barriers are in place
These public health measures are now even more important than ever for controlling, and hopefully, preventing the transmission of the COVID-19 infection from individual to individual.
Imperial Dade offers a range of resources that can assist you in evaluating your current situation and, if needed, provide the appropriate solutions to help enhance your program. If you have any questions regarding your current infection prevention efforts, whether it be a school, office, restaurant, or other public venue, contact us today! Visit our website to find a location near you.