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I want to use a product to kill SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) but it isn’t on List N. Is it effective against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)?

First, make sure that the product isn’t on List N. Learn how by reviewing, "I can’t tell if the product I’m interested in is on the list or not. Can you help me?"

If you would like to use a product that is not on our list, look for an EPA-registered product with “human coronavirus” listed as a target pathogen on the product label, then look for the EPA registration number on the label to confirm the product is EPA registered and follow the label directions when using it.

Products with animal coronavirus claims are not generally included on List N because sufficient data may not be available to confirm whether these products will work against human coronaviruses like SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

If a product doesn’t have an EPA registration number, then EPA has not reviewed any data on whether the product will kill public health pathogens such as viruses. EPA will not add products to List N that do not have an EPA registration number because we have no data showing they will work and can be used safely.

See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's How to Protect Yourself webpage for additional tips on protecting yourself from COVID-19.

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