EPA scientists are building on a foundation of world-class research by applying their knowledge to reduce the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This research will help states & territories, tribes, and local governments, including public health agencies guide homeowners, business owners, and others reduce the risk of exposure. This webinar will highlight research EPA is working on related to environmental cleanup and disinfection.
Reducing the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 relies on effective cleaning and disinfection. Presenter and EPA scientist Dr. Shawn Ryan will discuss how EPA researchers are assessing the use of disinfectants on many different surfaces and objects as well as determining the best environmental sample collection methods and the limits of detection for SARS-CoV-2. To determine the effectiveness of these approaches, researchers are also developing a method to quickly analyze surface samples for the live virus, both before and after the disinfection process. Dr. Ryan will also discuss the development of strategies to decontaminate PPE.