We are seeing a few companies offer guarantees of killing 100% of the COVID 19 virus. Unfortunately, this is just marketing without proof to validate their claims.
- No chemical has been tested and proven to kill COVID 19. There hasn’t been enough time to properly test all chemicals.
- However, The EPA has given manufacturers of antimicrobials additional consideration with the term ‘emerging viral pathogen’. In simple terms, this allows antimicrobials that have killed similar viruses to be considered effective in killing emerging viruses. H1N1 and SARS are enveloped-viruses similar to COVID 19. As COVID 19 is a novel virus, further tests are needed to confirm a 100% kill rate.
- Canada Health states:
- There is a list of hard-surface disinfectants that meet Health Canada’s requirements for emerging viral pathogens. These authorized disinfectants may be used against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
- Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses. This means they are one of the easiest viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant when used according to the label directions.
Service provided is an effective application of disinfectant, not the guarantee of complete removal of any potential hazard. Although proper procedures are thoroughly followed, there is no post-service testing completed to be able to provide guarantees.