Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered Lysol Air Sanitizer, a new pesticide product that can be used in the air against bacteria and viruses such as influenza and coronaviruses. This is the first antimicrobial product registered that is effective for use in air that can kill both bacteria and viruses.
When users spray the aerosol product in a closed, unoccupied room in accordance with the label use-directions, Lysol Air Sanitizer can kill bacteria and viruses in the air and suppress odor in residential and commercial settings, such as homes, schools, hotels, daycare centers, and office buildings. This product is intended to supplement public health guidelines for indoor air regarding filter ratings, HVAC system cleaning/maintenance, and ventilation. After the treated room is reopened, the product has no lingering efficacy.
EPA conducted a robust risk assessment on exposure from both household and commercial use. When used following label directions, this product poses no unreasonable adverse risks to human health or the environment.
The use of antimicrobial products supplements but does not replace standard infection control practices. Individuals should continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state, and local public health guidelines, including critical precautions like mask wearing, social distancing, and ventilation. In addition to the targeted bacteria, this product has been tested against a surrogate virus, and is expected to be effective against similar airborne viruses such as SARS-CoV-2.