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Glenn Rasin

By: Glenn Rasin on February 7th, 2020

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How to Protect Your Facility From 2019 Novel Coronavirus

There’s been a lot of attention around the recent emergence of a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). While the majority of the cases are in China, 2019 Novel Coronavirus has started to affect individuals in the U.S.

To help you navigate the best way to control the spread of this virus and to prevent an outbreak from occurring in your facility, EBP has gathered information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and several of our manufacturing partners.

In this article, we’ll go over the basic facts about 2019 Novel Coronavirus, how to protect your facility and guests, and provide a list of products that our manufacturers have listed effective against viruses similar to 2019-nCoV on hard, non-porous surfaces, and therefore can be used against 2019 Novel Coronavirus when used in accordance with disinfection directions.

What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

Designated 2019-nCoV by the CDC, this strain of coronavirus is new and largely unknown.

The CDC’s current knowledge of this virus is based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that include Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). As stated by the World Health Organization, "novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans."

The most common signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath, respiratory symptoms, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, kidney failure and even death.

How is 2019 Novel Coronavirus Transmitted?

Germs Spread 1Similar to cold and flu viruses, the emerging coronavirus is thought to spread from person-to-person via respiratory droplets or when an infected individual coughs or sneezes.

According to the CDC, it is still unknown if a person can actually get 2019-nCoV by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

People are thought to be most contagious when they are symptomatic (showing signs of illness), however, there have been cases of infected individuals with no symptoms spreading the illness to others when in close contact.

Elderly, those with underlying health issues, and people who have recently traveled to China are most at risk.

How to Prevent The Spread of 2019-nCoV in Your Facility

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best method of prevention is reducing the spread of germs.

Best practices to prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV in your facility include:

  • Follow Proper Handwashing Procedures and Wash Hands Frequently
  • Have Hand Sanitizer Accessible
  • Provide Occupants with Facial Tissue
  • Avoid Close Contact with People who are Sick
  • Encourage Sick Individuals to Stay Home if Showing Symptoms
  • Clean and Disinfect to Prevent the Spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Hand Sanitizer

Follow Proper Handwashing Procedures

Hand hygiene is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of illness and to avoid getting sick.

Encourage proper handwashing procedures. Occupants should scrub their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before rinsing with running water.

Remind building occupants to wash their hands carefully and frequently especially:

  • after going to the bathroom
  • before eating
  • after coughing or sneezing
  • before touching their eyes, nose or mouth

Have Hand Sanitizer Accessible

Soap and Water Wash HandsWhen water and soap are not available or there is limited access, hand sanitizers can play an integral role in hand hygiene.

Provide occupants with alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, to kill and prevent the spread of germs.

Hand sanitizer can also be used when an individual has come into contact with a high-touch surface, like a doorknob, phone, or lightswitch, and it is not practical to wash their hands repeatedly.

Provide Occupants with Facial Tissue

Spreading through aerosolized droplets, it is important to encourage building occupants to cough or sneeze into a facial tissue and dispose of it right away.

If a facial tissue isn’t available, encourage people to cough or sneeze into the bend of their elbow to prevent the spread of droplets.

Avoid Close Contact with People who are Sick

Spreading from person-to-person, transmission occurs among close contact or when individuals come in contact with an infected person who is within 6 feet.

If someone is showing signs of illness, like coughing, keep a measurable distance to reduce the chance of germs spreading.

Encourage Sick Individuals to Stay Home if Showing Symptoms

Prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV or any other illness by encouraging individuals to stay home from work or school when they are experiencing symptoms.

Sick Employee

Clean and Disinfect to Prevent the Spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Contamination of surfaces is likely occurring when an infected individual coughs or sneezes and releases respiratory droplets.

As a result, cleaning and disinfecting high touch points around your facility like doorknobs, elevator buttons, countertops and handrails, as well as encouraging occupants to disinfect items in their immediate area, like their desk, phone, and computer can help limit the spread of pathogens.

Pro Tip: For disinfectants to prove effective, the surface must first be cleaned. Cleaning removes loose soils, preparing the surface or object to be disinfected. Disinfecting kills germs on the surface, preventing them from spreading. If a surface is not cleaned first, germs can hide under soils and reduce the efficacy of the disinfectant. Use the steps in our previous article, "What is the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting?", to properly perform cleaning and disinfection procedures.

Clean

Use a multi-purpose surface cleaner or cleaner/disinfectant to wipe down and remove any visible soil.

Disinfect

At the time of this writing, no EPA registered disinfectants have a claim against this specific coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

However, to detect and contain the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the EPA in accordance with the U.S government and the CDC has activated its Emerging Viral Pathogens Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticides.

Under this guidance, EPA is providing pesticide registrants with a voluntary process to enable the use of certain EPA-registered disinfectant products against this emerging viral pathogen.

Meaning, select products that have been shown effective against similar viruses like Human Coronavirus, SARS associated Coronavirus, or Rotovirus can be used on hard surfaces against 2019 Novel Coronavirus when used in accordance with disinfection directions.

Below find products that our manufacturers have listed as effective against viruses similar to 2019-nCoV on hard, non-porous surfaces, and thus can be used against 2019 Novel Coronavirus when used in accordance with disinfection directions:

 

Products EFFECTIVE AGAINST

2019 Novel Coronavirus

Product Follow directions for use against stated virus: Contact Time
Certo:     
RDT-5 (RDT-5) SARS  5 Min
     
Clorox Healthcare    
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Spray (68967, 68970, 68832, 68973, 68978)                        Rhinovirus  1 Min 
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Wipes (30577, 35309, 30358, 30359, 31469)            Rhinovirus  1 Min 
Clorox Healthcare® Fuzion® Disinfectant Cleaner (31478)                                         Rhinovirus Type 37  1 Min 
Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant (30828, 30829, 31444)           Rhinovirus Type 37  1 Min 
Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes (30824, 30825, 30826,
30827)                                        
Rhinovirus  1 Min 
Clorox Healthcare® VersaSure® Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes (31757, 31758, 31759, 31760,
31761)                                        
Rotavirus  2 Min
Clorox Healthcare® Citrace® Hospital Disinfectant & Deodorizer (49100)                               Rhinovirus 5 Min 
Clorox Healthcare® Broad Spectrum Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner (30649)       Rhinovirus 3 Min
Clorox Healthcare® Disinfecting Wipes (31584)                   Rotavirus  4 Min 
     
CloroxPro                                                
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox®Disinfecting Wipes (15948, 15949, 31428, 31547) Rotavirus  4 Min 
CloroxPro™ Clorox® Germicidal Bleach (31009, 30966)                                    Rhinovirus 5 Min 
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Clean-Up® Disinfectant Cleaner with Bleach (Spray) (35417) Rhinovirus 30 Sec
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Clean-Up® Disinfectant Cleaner with Bleach (Diluted) (35420) Rhinovirus 5 Min 
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Spray (38504)                                   Rhinovirus 30 Sec
CloroxPro™ Clorox® 4-in-One Disinfectant & Sanitizer (31043)                                     Rhinovirus 5 Min 
Clorox® Total 360® Disinfecting Cleaner (31650)                                 Adenovrius Type 2  2 Min 
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach (00031)                                 Rhinovirus 10 Min 
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Bio Stain & Odor Remover (31903, 31910, 31911)       Rhinovirus  5 Min 
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner (16930)     Rhinovirus  10 Min 
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Tilex® Soap Scum Remover (35600, 35604)     Rhinovirus  10 Min 
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant (30832)                                 Rhinovirus  1 Min 
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes  (30830, 30831, 30833)   Rhinovirus  1 Min 
     
Diversey                  
Oxivir® 1 RTU / Wipes Enterovirus Type D68 1 Min
Oxivir® TB RTU / Wipes Poliovirus Type 1 1 Min
Oxivir®  Five 16  Canine Pavovirus 5 Min
Avert Sporicidal Disinfectant Cleaner / Wipes Poliovirus 1 Min
Virex®  II 256  Adenovirus Type 2 10 Min
Virex®  Plus  Enterovirus Type D68 5 Min (1:128)
Moonbeam®  3 UV Disinfection    3 Min
     
Gojo    
PURELL® Surface Disinfectants  Human Coronavirus strain 229E 1 Min 
     
Spartan:     
Super HDQ Neutral® (1204) Human Coronavirus 10 Min 
HDQ Neutral® (1202)  Human Coronavirus 10 Min 
hdqC 2® (4702) Human Coronavirus 10 Min 
Super HDQL 10® (4704) Human Coronavirus 10 Min 
GS Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner® (3502) Human Coronavirus 10 Min 
GS High Dilution Disinfectant® 256 (3508, 3516) Human Coronavirus 10 Min 
TB-Cide Quat® (1017, 1021) Human Coronavirus 2 Min 
BNC-15® (1056, 4856) Human Coronavirus 3 Min
Profect® Healthcare Disinfecting Wipes (1091) Human Coronavirus 1 Min 
Hard Surface Disinfecting Wipes (1085, 1086, 1087) Human Coronavirus 5 Min
Halt® (1018, 4806) Human Coronavirus 10 Min 
PSQ II (1035) Human Coronavirus 10 Min 

Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. But, always check with the product label or an EBP Sales Executive to confirm efficacy against this virus and to review the proper protocols for disinfection.

Pro Tip: Adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines (or the product label) for the recommended wet dwell time for disinfection.

For additional information about 2019-nCoV refer to the CDC website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/


Final Thoughts

Encouraging and implementing preventative measures throughout your facility is critical to occupant health and infection prevention. And, using disinfectant products on surfaces can help limit the spread of diseases.

EBP will continue to monitor this ongoing situation, and as news becomes available, we will provide updated information. 

EBP is a leading distributor of commercial cleaning supplies and is ready to help you combat coronavirus. We have Sales Executives ready to recommend the best products to help reduce the risk of germs spreading throughout your facility. Reach out to your current Sales Executive or contact us to help you find the products that will be most effective in your facility today.

About Glenn Rasin

Glenn Rasin is the Chemical Specialist for EBP Supply Solutions and Lead Trainer for the EBP Training Academy, which offers CMI-certified training courses for supervisory and front-line cleaning professionals throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. He is an ISSA CMI-certified trainer, with over 35 years of experience in the janitorial and sanitation industry.