‘Green’ household cleaners and coronavirus: What you need to know

Few cleaners marketed as nontoxic have been proven to kill the coronavirus.
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At EPA, coronavirus disrupts research and raises questions over air quality impact

In Mr. Wheeler's view, no single event during his tenure has forced more change at the EPA than the coronavirus pandemic — and that includes the climate crisis.


Wildlife deaths from coronavirus disinfectant use alarm scientists

In Chongqing, China, at least 135 animals were poisoned—evidence that cities should regulate spraying in public areas, biologists argue.

FDA hand sanitizer recall expands to at least 77 brands

Regulators say the brands contain dangerous levels of methanol, which can lead to blindness, hospitalization and even death if consumed.

Here's what disinfectants and UV light really do to your body

There’s a reason why cleaners for external surfaces are not meant for your innards. They’re indiscriminate killers, not medicine.

Ultraviolet disinfectant of coronavirus can be dangerous

Natural or man-made, the invisible light can be highly carcinogenic, with disinfecting results that vary widely.

As coronavirus spreads, poison hotlines see rise in accidents with cleaning products

A new study suggests a link between the increase and recommendations to clean and disinfect.

US lockdowns coincide with rise in poisonings from cleaners

Reports of accidental poisonings from cleaners and disinfectants are up sharply, and researchers believe it's related to the coronavirus epidemic.


Makers of Covid-19 disinfectants given more flexibility by EPA

The EPA is temporarily allowing manufacturers to change how products are formulated, without waiting for agency approval, because of shortages of active ingredients used to make surface disinfectants effective against coronavirus.

E.P.A. threatens legal action against sellers of fake coronavirus cleaners

The federal government is asking online retailers to take unregistered products that falsely claim protection from coronavirus off the market.

What about the workers cleaning up coronavirus?

Janitors, domestic workers, housekeeping, and office cleaning crews are on the front lines of the battle against Covid-19. Can they protect their own health?

Household cleaners may make children overweight

Canadian study shows changes to gut biota come with regular use of disinfectants.


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Warming oceans may make ‘Nemo’ harder to find.

Like coral reefs, sea anemones—with their flashy, tentacle-like polyps that waggle and wave in vibrant reds, greens, pinks, and yellows—provide homes and hiding spots for dozens of fish species, most memorably the orange clownfish made famous in Finding Nemo. Also like coral, rising water temperatures associated with climate change can severely weaken these anemones, causing them to expel the tiny symbionts that keep them alive and lend them color, a process known as bleaching.

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Even third-hand smoke poses health risks.

Yes, there is such a thing as thirdhand smoke and it’s more dangerous than you think.

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