The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the latest strain in the coronavirus family include SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. To date, no samples of COVID-19 have been made available for commercial testing.
In third party laboratory tests, the active ingredient in DEW Disinfectant products - Hypochlorous Acid, has demonstrated effectiveness (>99.9% inactivation) against coronavirus strains from the same family as COVID-19 such as Bovine Coronavirus, SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. These products are: DEW Disinfect, DEW Hand Sanitiser and DEW Air.
The government’s advice to use a hand sanitiser with more than 60% alcohol does not take into consideration non-alcohol based sanitiser products like DEW, which rely on Hypochlorous Acid to effectively kill viruses.
Based on the commonalities, we would, therefore, expect our DEW Disinfectant products (listed above) to be effective against the COVID-19 virus. Conclusive scientific confirmation of this can only be achieved following testing against COVID-19 once the strain has been released by the relevant health authorities.