We’re sure you’ve been following the emerging news about the novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has struck China and is spreading worldwide. As a maker of cleaning products, we've had a lot of questions about what products kill Coronavirus. The truth is, as of this writing there are no products that are EPA certified for the specific kill claim for Coronavirus (2019-nCoV.) The reason for this is simple. It's a new, emerging virus. While the EPA has begun taking steps to start this process, no product can guarantee that it can kill 2019-nCoV. Here's some information for context, along with the CDC's current recommendations to help contain the spread of the virus.
The latest CDC Information (as of 2/10/20):
(For full information, you can visit the CDC website)
• At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.1 It was previously thought to be spread from animals to humans but is now apparently spreading human to human. As this is an emerging disease, be aware that what is known about the virus can change.
• The prevention protocol is similar to other viruses:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.2
Cleaning and Disinfecting:
So what do you do if you want to be proactive about Coronavirus? As the CDC recommends, you should clean and THEN disinfect. We wrote a blog about this very topic if you want more information about why it's so critical you don't use "one-step" solutions.