Statement – Speculation about Dettol products and the novel 2019-nCoV coronavirus
MARCH 6 · PUBLIC
We are aware of speculation about Dettol products and the novel 2019-nCoV coronavirus.
As this is an emerging outbreak, Dettol, like other brands, doesn’t yet have access to the new virus (2019-nCoV) for testing and, as a result, is not yet in a position to confirm levels of effectiveness against the new strain.
Our products have been tested against other coronaviruses (such as MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV) and have been found to be effective against those. Although2019-nCoV is a new strain, this virus is very similar to other coronaviruses.
We continue to work with our partners to ensure that we have the latest understanding of the virus, route of transmission and will test our product range once health authorities make the strain available.
As a global leader in health and hygiene, we continue to play our part in combating and containing the outbreak of the virus. To this end, we have donated £5.5 million in cash and products to assist in the mobilisation of medical staff to treat those affected and provide soap and hand sanitizers to hospitals in Wuhan to help contain the further spread of the virus.
Does Dettol kill the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus. It is not yet available for commercial testing.
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.
The CDC and World Health Organization specifically advises people to wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as a key preventative measure against the spread Coronavirus COVID-19. A good quality disinfectant will help reduce risk to families. Our Dettol Hand Sanitizers use ethanol (alcohol) as the germ disinfection active ingredient in line with CDC and WHO recommendations.
Please refer to the NHS website at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/ and/or the WHO website at https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus and/or the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ for additional information.
Coronavirus: Dettol sales surge as markets fall again
By Eleanor LawrieBusiness reporter, BBC News
- 27 February 2020
Sales of Dettol and Lysol products have surged as the spread of the coronavirus outbreak continues.
The disinfectant is seen as providing protection against the spread of the disease, although its effectiveness has not yet been scientifically proven.
In China, demand for Dettol-branded hand gels is outstripping supply, owner Reckitt Benckiser has said.
The shortages come as global markets slump for a sixth day, with the FTSE 100 down more than 3%.
Luxury carmaker Aston Martin and drinks giant Anheuser-Busch InBev are the latest to warn of the virus’s impact on their businesses.
- Shares in AB InBev, the world’s largest beer maker, fell 9% after it forecast muted growth in 2020, partly due to the outbreak
- Aston Martin shares tumbled to a record low as it posted a £104m loss before tax and warned it had seen demand drop because of the virus.
“We are seeing some increased demand for Dettol and Lysol products and are working to support the relevant healthcare authorities and agencies, including through donations, information and education. We do see increased activity online for our consumers in China,” Dettol owner Reckitt Benckiser said in its results on Thursday.