Did Dettol know about the new 'novel Coronavirus' before the outbreak? Here's the truth

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A picture of a Dettol disinfectant spray is being shared online in which the label on the back of a bottle shows the product claiming to have been proven to ‘kill coronavirus’ and that they knew about the new strain since 2019.

“Did Dettol knew about this Corona Virus in 2019 ?” the text read.



NewsMobile fact-checked the viral claim and found the claim attached to the viral video to be false.
We ran a search online and found an article by Livemint titled “Dettol won’t kill novel Coronavirus, clarifies company”

“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,” Livemint quoted the official statement released by Dettol manufacturing company Reckitt Benckiser.
In a video released by RB, Dr Rubino, RB Director of Microbiology and Virology also stated that since the virus is new, it has yet to be tested.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, “Coronaviruses (CoV) have been identified as human pathogens since the 1960s. Coronaviruses infect humans and many other vertebrates. Illness in humans is mostly respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, however, symptoms can range from the common cold to more severe lower respiratory infections such as pneumonia.
The recent outbreak of coronavirus in China is a strain named 2019-nCoV. For this particular strain, the source of infection, animal host and reservoir are currently unknown.
The above information proves that Dettol could not kill this particular strain (2019-nCoV) of coronavirus.

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