Coronavirus and Safer Disinfectants

Why It Matters

As the global pandemic continues, schools and offices across the country are more and more focused on how to keep their buildings safe for students and workers. Disinfectants are an important part of coronavirus safety practices, but there are health concerns about the chemicals used in these products. Many people who use disinfectants are unaware that these products are pesticides, and that there are significant gaps in the health and safety evaluation of disinfectants.  Safe ways to disinfect are a critical issue.

What You Can Do

Fortunately, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE) Program has identified disinfectant products that meet strict health and safety criteria. We recommend using disinfectant products that are included on both the EPA’s DfE list of safer disinfectants and EPA’s “N” list, a list of products effective against the coronavirus. . The resources linked below provide the information you need about this program and additional tips for protecting public health.

Rubbing Alcohol

Did you know that rubbing alcohol is all you need to disinfect surfaces from the coronavirus? Click here to learn more.

Buy rubbing alcohol now at Rite Aid, while supplies last.

Infographic: Safer School Disinfectants

Here’s a quick summary of some important points from the CDC’s new guidance on the safest ways to disinfect schools.

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