Disinfecting When You Have Asthma

Disinfecting When You Have Asthma

May 11, 2020

To prevent COVID-19, the CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting daily. However, many disinfecting products can exacerbate asthma. Learn how to choose cleaning products that are better for your asthma and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Some chemicals may be more likely to cause asthma attacks. Aerosol sprays, disinfecting wipes, bleach or sodium hypochlorite, and Quaternary Ammonium Compounds may exacerbate asthma.

Some chemicals in disinfectants may be less likely to exacerbate asthma. These include hydrogen peroxide, lactic acid, citric acid, ethyl alcohol, and isopropyl alcohol.

The EPA has developed a list of disinfectants that destroy the COVID-19 virus. It shows information about the disinfectants, like the active chemicals and how long to leave disinfectants on surfaces. You can find this list at here.

Cleaning products are listed by EPA number, with the primary disinfecting chemical and product name next. Look for products that use safer disinfectants for asthma. Be sure to follow the guidelines for time.

You may already have a disinfectant that works for you and does not trigger asthma symptoms. You can check if your disinfectant can be used against asthma by using the List N Search Bar to look for your disinfectant.
Look for products with GS-52 or UL 2759 seals. These indicate products that are safer for people and the environment.
Finally, know your triggers and use products that work for you!

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency
Certification Standards Help Employers and Consumers Buy Safer Cleaning Products

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