WHAT IS COVID-19?
According to the US CDC: the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV and now COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This virus probably originally emerged from an animal source but now seems to be spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.
As of February 17th, 2020, there are only 15 cases in the US throughout 7 states. The world is calling this an outbreak because of the number of cases in China and the ability to spread person to person.
Global counts as of February 17th according to Europe’s CDC:
Africa: Egypt (1).
Asia: China (PRC) (70 551), Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region) (57), Macao (Special Administrative Region) (10), Singapore (75), Japan (59), Thailand (34), Republic of Korea (30), Malaysia (22), Taiwan (20), Vietnam (16), United Arab Emirates (9), India (3), Philippines (3), Cambodia (1), Nepal (1) and Sri Lanka (1).
America: United States (15) and Canada (8).
Europe: Germany (16), France (12), United Kingdom (9), Italy (3), Spain (2), Russia (2), Belgium (1), Finland (1), and Sweden (1).
Oceania: Australia (15).
Other: Cases on an international conveyance (Japan) (355)
As of 17 February 2020, 1,775 deaths have been reported, 1,770 of which were in China (PRC), one in Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), one in Taiwan, one in the Philippines, one in Japan and one in France.
HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF?
Avoid traveling to China where the outbreak is currently unfolding and cases are at the highest level. In the US, CDC does not currently recommend the use of face masks among the general public. While limited person-to-person spread among close contacts has been detected, this virus is not currently spreading in the community in the United States. Disinfect your facility as normal with products rated to be effective against 2019-nCov/COVID-19.
WHAT PRODUCTS ARE EFFECTIVE AGAINST 2019-nCOV/COVID-19?
The EPA released a rapid response in order to protect the US from having an outbreak. Under the rapid response, EPA is allowing any registered disinfectant with the ability to kill an emerging viral pathogen (Norovirus, Sars, Mers, or Coronavirus) can be used effectively against 2019-nCov/COVID-19. Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. Current effective products available below – click the links for more information on each product.
2153ppm (2 Large Tablets per Gallon / 2 Small Tablets per Quart) 1 Minute Kill Claim against Norovirus
2 Minute Kill Claim against Coronavirus
1/2oz per Gallon Dilution 5 Minute Kill Claim against Coronavirus.
2oz Per Gallon Dilution 10 Minute Kill Claim against Coronavirus
Rated to kill Norovirus within 6 hrs to 93.2% on hard surfaces and 98.6% on fabrics, making them highly effective against Coronavirus.