New Birth Missionary Baptist Church pastor Jamal Bryant warned his congregation in Stonecrest, Georgia, that the popular brand of disinfectant and antiseptic known as Lysol will not protect them from Covid-19 caused by the new coronavirus, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it can.
“They are calling it in clinical terms the novel coronavirus. It’s clinical name is SARS-CoV-2. … The World Health Organization said two weeks ago in their press release, ‘we could not heal it until we named it. … As long as it didn’t have a name we couldn’t identify it. We had to identify it that this is different than any other strand of virus that has been dispatched because coronavirus is not new,” Bryant told his congregants in a teaching session centered around the coronavirus on Tuesday.
“You’ll see it is on the label for Lysol, it’s on the label for Pine-Sol, but this is not that strand. And those who are trying to cleanse and purify themselves with Lysol and Pine-Sol thinking it’s gon’ heal it, don’t realize it’s not that.”
That same day, the EPA released a list of registered products for use against the new coronavirus from brands such as Clorox and Lysol. Specific products listed include: Clorox toilet cleaner with bleach, Clorox disinfecting spray, Lysol disinfectant max cover mist, Lysol toilet bowl cleaners, and Lysol multi-surface cleaner and disinfectant spray.
An EPA spokesperson told ABC News that companies with registered brands had to demonstrate their products are effective against viruses that are even “harder-to-kill” than the novel coronavirus.
The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible to protect against the virus because hand-washing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands.
If soap and water are not available, however, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help people avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
So far, 11 deaths have been linked to the virus — one in California and the rest in the Seattle area — with more than 162 confirmed cases across the country, The New York Times reported. With new infections reported in New Jersey and Tennessee, the number of states with infected patients has risen to 18.
Globally, more than 90,000 people have been infected with the new coronavirus with more than 3,100 dying from the virus which currently has no vaccine and is described as deadlier than the flu. Israel and the U.S. are both working on vaccines for the virus that has two strains.