How can members of my household use disinfectants properly to control COVID-19 if a family member is asthmatic or has other chronic respiratory disease?
EPA is aware of concerns for people with underlying medical conditions, such as asthma or other respiratory illnesses, which could be exacerbated by exposure to disinfectants.
If you are concerned about this, talk to your health care provider and:
- Always follow the label — this applies to everyone. Use only the recommended amounts and follow procedures for use.
- Use products that could reduce your inhalation exposure, such as wipes or dampened towels, to disinfect surfaces. These options will substantially lower inhalation exposure compared to sprays, which generate aerosols.
- Wash hands thoroughly after handling these products, and after contact with any surfaces that may be contaminated with COVID-19.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfecting
- National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)’s Information on Minimizing Exposure Risk
- NPIC’s Reducing Disinfectant Exposure in the Workplace Video
- Can I use common household substances to kill the novel coronavirus?
- Can disinfectant products be used on people?
- Is there anything I can do to make surfaces resistant to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)?
- I need to disinfect a public space like a store or school. What do I need to know?
- Why aren’t ozone generators, UV lights, or air purifiers on List N? Can I use these or other pesticidal devices to kill the virus that causes COVID-19?
- Can I use fogging, fumigation, or electrostatic spraying or drones to help control COVID-19?
- Can I apply a product using a method that is not specified in the directions for use?
- Do disinfectants kill newer variants of coronavirus?