Are You Using the Right Disinfectant to Kill COVID-19?
In the midst of the pandemic, there is not another product category that has increased in
demand more than disinfectants. Available in liquid presentations, sprays, aerosols, and
even wipes, disinfectants are versatile and convenient because they allow anyone to have a
clean space in just a few seconds.
One thing is certain, however, and it’s the fact that convenience usually comes at a price, and
If consumers are not careful, they might use disinfectants that are wrong for the type of
surface they want to clean and the type of contaminants they want to eliminate (like the
coronavirus). Another possibility is that they may end up using products that will cause
harmful side effects to them in the future. Whatever the situation, the main point is that
people need to make sure they are using the right disinfectant to kill bacteria and viruses like
Do you Know How Effective your Disinfectant Is?
Disinfectant products come with different effectiveness levels, depending on several factors
such as chemical ingredients, concentration, antimicrobial properties, and more. Many of
these products contain single ingredients, like alcohols or chlorine, but others are made of
combinations, such as hydrogen peroxide.
When using a disinfectant for the first time, consumers must carefully read its label to get all
the information there is to know about ingredients, warnings, correct application,
effectiveness, and possible side effects.
In Canada, one clear indicator that a disinfecting product is effective is seeing it on the official
list of disinfectants with evidence for use against COVID-19. This list, created and frequently
updated by the federal government, and includes all disinfectants that are approved for sale
in Canada and that are “supported by evidence following drug review, demonstrating that
they are likely to be effective and may be used against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that
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