Updated 3/17/2020 with the latest information.
We’re sure you’ve been following the emerging news about Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is spreading worldwide. There is a lot of information swirling around as people try to understand the virus, it's full possible impact, and what is or is not effective against it. We'll maintain this article as best we can to stay on top of the situation for your information.
COVID-19 AND DISINFECTING PRODUCTS:
As a maker of cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products, we've had a lot of questions about what products kill Coronavirus. The truth is the virus that causes COVID-19 is a new, emerging virus. At this time no product can guarantee that it can kill COVID-19. However, the EPA is taking steps to identify products that would likely kill COVID-19.
The EPA has released a list of disinfectants that are EPA-registered and qualify under EPA's emerging pathogen program. Recently, the EPA added disinfectants that have the Human Coronavirus kill claim on their master label. These are deemed likely to kill the virus that causes COVID-19.
You can find that list here: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
We have two products from the EPA-provided list we'd like to highlight:
EnvirOx Critical Care (EPA# 72977-3 -69268): follow directions and let dwell for 3 minutes. The formulation is a Ready-to-Use product.
EnvirOx Non-Acid Disinfectant Concentrate (EPA# 10324-63 -69268): follow directions on the label for Virucidal Performance (4 oz per 5 gal) and let dwell for 10 minutes. The formulation is a concentrated product, requiring dilution. Note that the Human Coronavirus claim does not appear on this product’s affixed label, but the product does carry the claim on the EPA Master Label, and hence is on the list.
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:
- The virus is called SARS-CoV2, the resulting disease is called coronavirus disease 2019, shortened to COVID-19.
- It has been detected at over 90 locations across the globe.
- Based on what is currently known about the virus, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet). This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets.1
There are still questions about how long the virus lasts on surfaces. However, a recent study from the National Institutes of Health suggests the virus could live on surfaces such as plastics or steel up to 2-3 days.2
Social Distancing, Isolation, and Quarantine:
Social Distancing - avoiding large events or gatherings, usually defined as 50 people or more. The CDC is recommending the public avoid theaters, schools, shopping centers, churches and public transportation for the next eight weeks. The President's office has asked that people do not gather in groups of more than 10 people for the next fifteen days.3
Isolation - is the process of separating healthy people from those who have a contagious disease.3 Those who have traveled from an area where COVID-19 is widespread and who have not been quarantined are asked to self-isolate for two weeks as well.
Quarantine - this is about separating people who are healthy from people who do not show symptoms but have been exposed to a contagious disease.3
Hand Sanitizer vs. Washing Hands
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.4
- Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.4
Face Mask Usage
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.4
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).4
Other CDC Guidelines
- 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.4
CLEANING & 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.