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Some Lysol products can kill COVID-19 on surfaces in 2 minutes

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Some Lysol products can kill COVID-19 on surfaces in 2 minutes

According to WIVB, the Environmental Protection Agency has given its first approval of two disinfectant sprays that kill COVID-19.

Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist meet the EPA's criteria for use against the SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the ongoing pandemic, based on laboratory testing that found both products kill the virus two minutes after contact, the agency announced in a statement Monday. Under no circumstance should the disinfectant products be administered into the human body.

Lysol said in a statement it is now working on testing the efficacy of other disinfectant products against Covid-19.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have backtracked on the exact terminology used regarding the transmission of the coronavirus from contaminated surfaces, their website now says: "It may be possible for a person to obtain COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus and then touches your mouth, nose, or possibly your eyes".

"This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about how this virus spreads", the CDC added.

In January 2020, the EPA issued first-ever guidance in response to the coronavirus public health emergency that allowed product manufacturers to provide the agency with data, even in advance of an outbreak, showing their products are effective against viruses that are harder to kill than COVID-19.

Products can't legally make claims about killing certain pathogens, including COVID-19, without a review and authorization from the EPA, the release says.

Regulators suggest people using these disinfectants should pre-clean surfaces with soap and water if the surface is visibly dirty.

David Aaro is a Reporter at Fox News Digital based in New York City.

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