COVID-19 FAQ

1. Question: How is COVID-19 spread?

Answer: The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

*CDC – National Center for Health Statistics- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html. September 17, 2020.

2. Question: Is COVID-19 the same thing as SARS-CoV-2? 

Answer: Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by coronavirus called SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. 

*CDC- National Center for Health Statistics- https://www.cdc.gov/sars/index.html. September 17, 2020.

3. Question: What is the EPA's List N?

Answer: List N was created to identify products that are expected to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 when used according to label directions.

4. Question: Can a product be used to combat SARS-CoV-2 if it does not appear on the EPA's List N?

Answer: Products not on List N have not yet been approved by the EPA for use against SARS-CoV-2. 

5. Question: Do your products show up on EPA List N?

Answer: Yes, Canberra supports a wide range of disinfectants that meet the Emerging Pathogen Compliance Guidance to qualify for EPA’s List N as well as four different products that have specifically been tested against SARS-CoV-2. 

6. Question: What is dwell time?

Answer: The amount of time that a sanitizer or disinfectant must be in contact with the surface and remain wet, in order to achieve the kill claim.

7. Question: What are the advised dwell times for your chemistries?

Answers: Dwell times are determined by specific testing against the organism in question. Review each product label for specific dwell time requirements, as each product is different. Many disinfectants need up to 10 minutes wet dwell time on a surface before they are effective, while others have significantly reduced contact time requirements.

8. Question: Does Canberra manufacture any EPA registered wipe products?

Answer: No, Canberra has never produced disinfecting or sanitizing wipe products for sale in the US. A full listing of disinfectants can be viewed on our Facility Care Disinfectant Guide. For more information, please reach out on our Contact Us page, connect with us directly via phone or ask your representative. 

9. Question: Do any of your chemistries have residual effects on a surface to prevent the presence of viruses?

Answer: All of Canberra's disinfectant formulations have been tested by the EPA for specific kill claims that are only effective when wet. Canberra does not have any EPA approvals on residual claims once the formula dries on the surface.

10. Question: Do all of your disinfectants require rinsing post-application? 

Answer: Please reference the product label for specific instructions on application. Rinsing with any product can be effective even if it is not required. (Reduces residual chemistries left on the surface and removes additional soils. 

11. Question: In what ways can your disinfectants be applied? 

Answer: Please reference the product label for specific instructions on application. Product can be applied through trigger spray, mechanical spray, cloth, mop and submersion. Specific application instructions are available on all labels.

12. Question: Are foggers effective at killing or inactivating microorganisms?

Answer: Foggers are traditionally used for application into the air and typically not advised for surface disinfection. Canberra has products that can be used through foggers, but not for surface disinfection. 

13. Question: Is pre-cleaning required for use with disinfectants?

Answer: Pre-cleaning is often required for many disinfectants. One-step disinfectants have been tested on surfaces that have a minor amount of soil (soil load) on the surface and do not require a pre-cleaning step, thus saving labor and chemical costs. For heavily soiled surfaces, pre-cleaning is very important to remove soils and allow the disinfectant to properly interact with the surface.