According to EPA standards, a disinfectant must kill 99.999% of germs, compared to 99.9% for sanitizers. While this difference might not seem that important, it can make a huge difference in reducing the spread of infection. Essentially, sanitizers kill certain bacteria in a specific period of time and disinfectants kill certain bacteria, viruses, mildews, or fungi in a specific period of time. It is important to read and pay attention to each product’s instructions. To be effective, disinfecting solutions need to remain in contact with the surface for a specified length of time, as stated on the product label. Additionally, you want to make sure you clean the surface before you disinfect. Dirt and organic material build up can make some disinfectants less effective, so cleaning is necessary before disinfecting for best results.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. This includes but is not limited to cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces with an EPA registered disinfectant.
Below are disinfectant products, along with their EPA registration number, found on the EPA List N: Disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2