The Novel Human Corona Virus(COVID-19) that originated in Wuhan China called Covid-19 or 2019-nCOV is continuing to create alarm all over the world. This global health concern appears to be escalating as new information is coming out on a daily basis.
This information is specific to disinfectants that are expected to be effective against the Wuhan Novel Corona Virus 2019-nCOV(COVID-19)in accordance with the EPA Emerging Pathogen Policy.
What is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Emerging Pathogen Policy
Sometimes pathogens not previously known to impact human health are identified. Examples include the EBOLA virus, SARS, H1N1, and others.
When a new pathogen emerges and is identified, there will not be any disinfectants that have been tested for efficacy against the newly identified pathogen. To provide guidance on which disinfectants are likely to be effective, the EPA will issue policy guidance on the use of disinfectants that are known to be effective on more difficult to kill pathogens. The reasoning is that if a disinfectant is proven effective on more difficult to kill pathogens, it would be effective on the emerging pathogen of concern.
What is the Criteria for disinfectants to be effective against the Wuhan Corona Virus 2019-nCOV(COVID-19)
Disinfectants that comply with the EPA Emerging Pathogen Policy must have specific efficacy claims depending on whether the emerging virus is one of the following 1) an enveloped virus 2)a large non-enveloped virus 3) a small non-enveloped virus.
A non-enveloped virus can survive in more hostile environments (including surviving some disinfectants) and is heat resistant, so it is inherently more difficult to kill than enveloped viruses. Examples of non-enveloped viruses include Norovirus, Rotavirus, and Adenovirus.
Human Corona Viruses including the 2019-nCOV virus is known to be an enveloped virus. The EPA Emerging Pathogen Policy requires the following for an enveloped emerging viral pathogen such as 2019-nCOV:
“A product should be approved by EPA to inactivate at least one large or one small non-enveloped virus to be eligible for use against an enveloped emerging viral pathogen.”
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