Trump EPA Research Studying the Effectiveness of Longer-Lasting Disinfectants

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WASHINGTON (July 7, 2020) — During the global pandemic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the need for information on better ways to reduce potential exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. These needs are most obvious for surfaces that are frequently touched by many people. EPA researchers are evaluating a number of commercially available products for potential long-lasting effectiveness against the virus. This research is being conducted at the EPA Office of Research and Development's Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, using surfaces that mimic the high touch points in mass transit trains and stations

“As part of the Trump Administration’s all-of-America response to COVID-19, EPA scientists, in collaboration with some of the nation’s largest transit agencies, are providing real-time, important information on longer-lasting disinfectants that could revolutionize how we minimize COVID and COVID-like risks in public spaces,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “While the country begins to safely reopen, we understand that mass transit is a concern to the public and our scientists are actively addressing these challenges.”



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