Hyderaad: An image of a label claiming that Dettol spray can kill corona virus is going viral in the social media. The post went viral as it was shared thousands of times, claiming that the manufacturers knew that the product can kill Corona virus, even before Corona virus broke out in China in December 2019.

The post features an image of the back label of a bottle of Dettol, a widely-available disinfectant brand sold by consumer goods firm Reckitt Benkiser. The label, which is dated October 27, 2019, claims the product “Kills E.Coli, Sammonella [sic], MRSA, Rotavirus, Flu virus, Cold viruses (Human Coronavirus and RSV).”

Fact Check:

Corona virus is a broad category of viruses which includes a number of different respiratory illnesses. One is the common cold, but the category also includes SARS, a acute respiratory disorder which broke out in 2002 and 2004 and the new coronavirus identified in Wuhan. The Human Corona virus mentioned on the label is NOT actually new Corona Virus or COVID 2019.

The website of Dettol, gives a detailed report on Corona virus and how they are yet to study their products on the New Corona virus strain (COVID 2019).

They mention in the website that “Specific Dettol products have demonstrated effectiveness (>99.9% inactivation) against coronavirus strains from the same family as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in third party laboratory testing, when used in accordance with the directions for use. These products are: Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleanser Spray, Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleanser Wipes, Dettol All-In-One Disinfectant Spray, and Dettol Disinfectant Liquid.

Given the structural similarities of the COVID-19 virus to the coronavirus strains tested previously (SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, Human Coronavirus), and based on the evidence available to us, we would expect our Dettol products (listed above) to be effective against the new strain. Definitive scientific confirmation of this, as with all other commercially available virucides, can only be provided once testing against COVID-19 Coronavirus has been conducted, following release of the strain by relevant health authorities.”

Therefore, the claim that Dettol can kill Corona Virus or COVID 2019 is YET to be proved. The research is going on and the results are YET to be known on the COVID-2019 as it is a new virus.

Satya Priya BN

Motivated professional with a zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than 5 years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government accredited Multimedia Journalist.
Ms Priya has worked for more than 4 years as Web and Digital media manager in Bhaarat Today, telugu TV channel. Along with news, she has experience in television program production. Demonstrated excellent management and leadership skills to lead the Digital Media staff. Worked collaboratively with staff, management and IT support.
A science Post Graduate, with great computing skills, She is a fact checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

One comment on "FactCheck: Will Dettol kill Corona virus?"

  • COVID-19 is started in Wuhan in China in December 2019. That show the fact the virus might have entered the atmosphere accidentally or purposely during the research processes. In the past such incidents have taken place with other viruses. Also, if we look at the spread of COVID-19 around the world, it is mainly confined to latitude belt — Wuhan/China to Iran to Italy to California in USA to SEAsia to Whan/China. This must be carefully studied the link of circulation pattern of middle latitudes to carry the virus.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

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