Disinfectants for COVID-19: Information Review

Disinfectants for COVID-19: Information Review

A publication from the Kresge Foundation provides information compiled by the Center for Community Health and Evaluation about disinfectants that are effective in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 via surfaces. According to Disinfectants for COVID-19: Information Review (8 pages, PDF), the World Health Organization recommends disinfectants with an ethyl alcohol content of at least 70 percent for disinfecting medical equipment like thermometers between uses and with a sodium hypochlorite (e.g., household chlorine bleach) content of at least 0.5 percent for high-touch surfaces in homes or healthcare facilities. The Environmental Protection Agency's "List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2" includes cleaning products recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but because many are in short supply today, the report also suggests alternatives such as diluting chlorine bleach. And a list complied by the Environmental Working Group of non-bleach offers options with fewer toxicity concerns, including citric acid, hydrogen peroxide, and thymol.