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What does the column “Follow the disinfection directions and preparation for the following virus” mean? Why are viruses other than the human coronavirus listed in that column?

This column shows the harder-to-kill viruses pathogens than the human coronavirus. Products qualify for the emerging viral pathogen claim by showing that it works against the listed harder-to-kill virus pathogen.

Therefore, if the contact time for this harder-to-kill virus is followed, EPA expects the product to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19) on surfaces. You can also find this information on the product label.

It’s important to note that EPA expects that all products on the list will be effective against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). For more information see the Frequent Question, "How does EPA know that the products on List N work on SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)?"

Return to Frequent Questions about Disinfectants and Coronavirus (COVID-19).