Lanxess’s Rely+On Virkon, a broad-spectrum disinfectant, demonstrates rapid efficacy against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the company claims in its press release. The company’s Material Protection Products business unit produces a wide range of scientifically-based disinfection technologies under the Rely+On and Virkon brand. Lanxess is a leading specialty chemicals company with about 14,300 employees in 33 countries, including India.
This is the finding of a recent study Lanxess commissioned through independent analysis laboratory Microbac Laboratories, following the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliant test methods, for products intended for virucidal hard surface disinfection. Microbac is one of the few testing laboratories worldwide that US health authority CDC (Center for Disease Control) has certified to undertake such tests.
The company claimed that Rely+On Virkon achieved rapid and complete inactivation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus at a dilution ratio of 1:100 in just 60 seconds, and an economic 1:600 in-use dilution with 10-minute contact time. Corresponding efficacy data has to be provided for disinfectants that claim to combat SARS-CoV-2.
“Neither a vaccine nor generally approved medications are currently available to us in the fight against the global coronavirus pandemic. So alongside social distancing and hand-washing, disinfection remains a highly important means to help prevent the spread of this life-threatening respiratory illness,” says Anneliese Bischof, business director Disinfection at Lanxess.
“Right now, good hygiene cleaning and disinfection practices are more important than ever. The fact that Rely+On Virkon inactivates SARS-CoV-2 so quickly will help reassure people that the disinfectant product they are using is both fast and effective in practical use,” underlines Bischof.
Rely+On Virkon is a powder disinfectant concentrate diluted in water for application as a spray on hard surfaces and equipment (non-medical). Therefore, it can help reduce the risk of cross-contamination from surfaces, door handles, tables, or chairs during disinfection measures at public transport terminals, airports, hospitals, clinics, and shopping malls.