While all 15 EPA-approved cleaning products were already on the agency’s so-called “List N” — a collection of 469 disinfectants that are presumed to kill the coronavirus based on past testing against other pathogens — “they now carry additional weight against the virus that causes COVID-19” based on SARS-CoV-2-specific testing performed by the manufacturer and confirmed by EPA, the agency said in a news release. Consumers can expect more products to be added to both List N and the EPA’s list of approved products for SARS-CoV-2.

Don’t disregard other measures of prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces as one way to protect against a coronavirus infection, since it may be possible to become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth or nose. Many consumers, however, have had a difficult time tracking down cleaning products during the pandemic. Shelves once stocked with everyday wipes and sprays remain picked over — or worse, bare — in retail stores across the country.

If you can’t get your hands on cleaning products for your home, don’t panic. After all, frequent handwashing is “the most effective way to break the chain” of virus transmission from contaminated surfaces, Joseph Allen, an assistant professor of exposure assessment science and director of the Healthy Buildings Program at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told AARP in a previous interview. Wiping down surfaces with soap and water also goes a long way when it comes to eliminating germs.

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