How effective are disinfectants against COVID-19 variants?

Hospital use disinfectant. photo VD: Milagro Orellana.
By Maria T. Morales

Have you ever wondered if the disinfectant you currently use in your home, workplace or other type of space is effective in killing coronavirus mutations?


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC for its acronym in English) re-examine the list of disinfectant products previously approved for disinfection, since they want to make sure if they have the same effectiveness against the variants that COVID-19 presents.


The so-called “N-list” list that was approved by the CDC at the beginning of the pandemic could register changes to the variants of the COVID-19 virus that, according to experts, could be more lethal and quicker to infect.


CDC urges the public, find more information and visit EPA.GOV/LISTNTOOL to make sure about any changes to the list in question and / or to know the approved products.


Until now, Health authorities have warned about the appearance of three mutations; a south african, the second English and the third Brazilian, these disinfectants inactivate variants of this virus. All three are still under study regarding the effectiveness of the vaccines authorized to date.