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Many common cleaning products reported effective against COVID-19 virus

The researchers said the microbicidals ethyl alcohol, para-chloro-meta-xylenol (PCMX), salicylic acid; and quaternary ammonium compounds kill 99.9 percent of coronaviruses

June 8, 2020

The active ingredients in many top-selling cleaning solutions and hygiene disinfectants are nearly 100% effective in killing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to an article on the Infection Control Today website.

In a research letter published in the American Journal of Infection Control, investigators said that “to date, virucidal activity against SARS-CoV-2 has not been demonstrated definitively through testing conducted per standardized surface and suspension.” 

The researchers said the microbicidals ethyl alcohol, para-chloro-meta-xylenol (PCMX), salicylic acid; and quaternary ammonium compounds kill 99.9 percent of coronaviruses. 

The researchers also said viruses like SARS-CoV-2 are some of the most vulnerable pathogens to the microbicidal agents in many detergents and cleaning solutions, including soaps for personal care and liquid hand washes. 

Read the article.

 




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