Can Dettol kill Coronavirus? Experts say they have NO evidence

Recent claims have been suggesting Dettol can kill Coronavirus. Is it a fact? Can Dettol kill Coronavirus?

Amidst the global concerns over the Coronavirus and its spread, there have been reports that suggest a popular household cleaner can kill Coronavirus germs. This rumor has its roots in what has been stated on the label of the popular disinfectant Dettol.

As you can clearly find on the label on the bottle, it reads Dettol Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleanser is proven to kill viruses: Influenza – Type A H1N1, Human Coronavirus and RSV. 

However, it should be noticed that not all Coronavirus strains are identical. Experts have vehemently denied that Dettol or any other disinfectant with the same ingredients cannot be assured to kill Coronavirus. Coronavirus is a term used to describe a group of RNA viruses. The current outbreak of Coronavirus spread in China and elsewhere has been attributed to the Wuhan strain of Coronavirus, and Dettol may or may not be effective in killing it.

However, it can definitely one of the ways you can opt for to stay safe from the spread by keeping yourself clean enough. But, if you are asking us if Dettol kills Coronavirus, well, there are no evidences as yet.

The common cold has been one of the diseases that can be caused by the viruses of the Coronavirus category. The Dettol label indicates this genre of the virus and NOT the Wuhan Coronavirus, which has been one of the deadly strains.

Even the Dettol manufacturer RB has come up with the warning that there is no evidence to prove the efficacy of Dettol in killing the deadly Wuhan Coronavirus. They have clarified that the label just indicates a few common strains of the virus, and it has been tested and proved to be effective against them.

The statement from RB read,

” RB has become aware of speculation about Dettol products and the novel 2019-nCoV coronavirus. As this is an emerging outbreak RB, like all manufacturers, doesn’t yet have access to the new virus (2019-nCoV) for testing and, as a result, are 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 kill those.”

Symptoms of Wuhan Coronavirus

The Coronavirus epidemic (we can definitely call it that after the recent declarations by the WHO and US governments) is a respiratory disease. The virus finds an entry into your body through nose and mouth. Once it is inside your body, it then finds the Host Cell in the respiratory system. The host cell then bursts and spreads the virus to adjoining cells.

The common symptoms of Coronavirus include

  • Runny Nose
  • Cough
  • High Temperature and
  • Sore Throat

The epidemic shares the symptoms of a common cold, and that is precisely what makes it rather challenging to detect in the early stages.

The virus is believed to have spread to the human through an animal – actually a snake. The origin is believed to be at the South China Seafood Wholesale Market. It then spread through the same means as a common cold – touch, shaking hands, sneezing, and coughing.

It can be fatal because of the severity at which the virus attacks the respiratory system. The significant causes of death would include the swelling in the lungs and pneumonia. Severe pneumonia causes flooding of fluids in the lungs and ultimately makes it difficult for the lungs to supply oxygen to the organs. This further causes organ failure and subsequent death.


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