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Can I claim the disinfectant I use kills COVID-19?
No. COVID-19 is the name of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. No disinfectant can kill or treat a disease.
Regarding SARS-CoV-2, businesses typically violate state and federal laws if they make pesticidal claims not present on the product’s label. When pesticides are registered with the EPA, label claims are reviewed with supporting data to verify claims are legitimate. With SARS-CoV-2 as a new viral pathogen, labels do not yet specify the ability to kill SARS-CoV-2. If the product is found on EPA’s List N, it can be used for disinfection against SARS-CoV-2. Updated labels or manufacturer websites might have one of the following claims for List N disinfectants, which firms can also utilize:
a) [Product name] has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, [porous and/or non-porous surfaces]. Therefore, [product name] can be used against SARS-CoV-2 when used in accordance with the directions for use against [name of supporting virus(es)] on [hard, porous/non-porous surfaces]. Refer to the [CDC or OIE] website at [pathogen-specific website address] for additional information.
b) COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2. [Product name] kills similar viruses and therefore can be used against SARS-CoV-2 when used in accordance with the directions for use against [name of supporting virus(es)] on [hard, porous/non-porous surfaces]. Refer to the [CDC or OIE] website at [website address] for additional information.
For additional information, visit the EPA website.