Look closely: Not all disinfectants fight off new coronavirus

EPA releases list of approved disinfectants to fight COVID-19

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Although most disinfectants will kill germs and viruses, there are some on the market that are not effective against coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19.

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency released a list of approved disinfectants.

The left side of the list has EPA registration numbers associated with a specific brand of disinfectant. If the number on the list matches the number on the label of the product, than that particular disinfectant is considered effective against COVID-19.

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Disinfectants containing registration numbers that are excluded from the list are not considered effective by the EPA.

“Anybody walking in will see something that disinfects and think this is a perfect thing to buy," said Raymond Walz, who was shopping at a store in Jacksonville. “But, unless you really check the website, it’s very misleading.”

There were no cases of the new coronavirus in Jacksonville as of Thursday, according to Mayor Lenny Curry. However, he said “people are being monitored.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that another Florida resident tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Florida to four.


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