Glenn Rasin

By: Glenn Rasin on February 7th, 2020

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How to Protect Your Facility From 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

[Updated: March 6, 2020]

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 is now prevalent in the U.S. 

While cases in the U.S. remain comparatively low, WHO and CDC expect more confirmed cases.

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 Centers 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 as meeting the guidelines of the CDC for use against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces, and thus can be used against SARS-CoV-2 when used in accordance with disinfection directions.

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What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV for short, is the virus that is causing an outbreak of the respiratory illness (COVID-19) that was first detected in China, but has now been detected in 60 countries internationally. 

As of February 11th, 2020, the International Committee on Taxonomy of  Viruses (ICTV) has released the official name for 2019 Novel Coronarius as "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2" (SARS-CoV-2). 

This name was chosen because the virus is genetically related to the coronavirus responsible for the SARS outbreak of 2003.  While related, the two viruses are different. 

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

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."

SARS-CoV-2 causes COVID-19, a mild to severe respiratory illness.

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

Pro Tip: In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. 

How is COVID-19 Transmitted?

Germs Spread 1Similar to cold and flu viruses, the emerging coronavirus disease 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 COVID-19 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 SARS-CoV-2 in Your Facility

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease. The best method of prevention is reducing the spread of germs.

Best practices to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 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 SARS-CoV-2 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 SARS-CoV-2

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, SARS-CoV-2.

However, to detect and contain SARS-CoV-2, 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 Rotavirus can be used on hard surfaces against SARS-CoV-2 when used in accordance with disinfection directions.

To help you navigate the best way to control the spread of this virus, EBP has revised its list of products that our manufacturers have listed as meeting the guidelines of the CDC for use against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces, and thus can be used against SARS-CoV-2 when used in accordance with disinfection directions:

Product EBP Item #
Certo   
Certo Disinfectant High Flow, RDT-5, 64 oz 451500161
Certo Disinfectant Low Flow, RDT-5, 64 oz 451500162
Lemon Fresh Q Disinfectant Cleaner  451311130
Non-Acid Bathroom Cleaner/Disinfectant (CDS Dilution System) 451104111
#8 HOSPITAL 256 L (Low Flow) Disinfectant (CDS Dilution System) 451500054
#9 HOSPITAL 256 H (High Flow) Disinfectant (CDS Dilution System) 451500041
#10 NON-ACID BATH L (Low Flow) Cleaner/Disinfectant (CDS Dilution System) 451500049
#11 NON-ACID BATH H (High Flow) Cleaner/Disinfectant (CDS Dilution System) 451500039
   
Clorox Healthcare  
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Pull-Top Bottle 32 oz 448906115
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Refill 128 oz 448906116
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Spray 22 oz 448906120
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Spray 32 oz 448906117
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Spray Refill  spec order
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Wipes 110 Count Bucket 409300201
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Wipes 110 Count Refill 409300217
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Wipes 150 Count Canister 409300153
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Wipes 70 Count Canister 409300152
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Wipes 20 Count spec order
Clorox Healthcare® Fuzion® Disinfectant Cleaner                                          451201255
Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant 451600601
Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Pull-Top 32 oz 410009450
Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Spray 32 oz           410600525
Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes  95 Count Canister 410600505
Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes 155 Count Canister 410600500
Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes 185 Count Bucket 410600510
Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes 185 Count Refill 410600520
Clorox Healthcare® VersaSure® Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes 85 Count Canister  410303209
Clorox Healthcare® VersaSure® Wipes 150 ct. canister (6" x 5") 410303214
Clorox® Healthcare VersaSure Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes, 30 Count Soft Pack - Pack of 24 410600604
Clorox Healthcare® VersaSure® Wipes 110/Bucket spec order
Clorox Healthcare® VersaSure® Wipes Refill  spec order
Dispatch® Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Towels with Bleach 998600312
Dispatch® Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Towels with Bleach 150 Count Canister 448906121
Clorox Healthcare® Citrace® Hospital Disinfectant & Deodorizer                              spec order
Clorox Healthcare® Broad Spectrum Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner        spec order
Clorox Healthcare® Disinfecting Wipes                    spec order
   
CloroxPro                                              
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® 4-in-One Disinfectant & Sanitizer Spray Citrus Scent 14 oz                                   207009966
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® 4-in-One Disinfectant & Sanitizer Spray Lavender Scent 14 oz       428009974
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Clean-Up® Disinfectant Cleaner with Bleach (Diluted)  451201106
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Clean-Up® Disinfectant Cleaner with Bleach (Spray)  451105635
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Bio Stain & Odor Remover Pull Top 32 oz 428201649
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Bio Stain & Odor Remover, Spray, 32 oz 453201652
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Bio Stain & Odor Remover Refill  spec order
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Spray                                    428215210
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes Fresh Scent 700 Count 410600705
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes Fresh Scent 700 Count Refill 410600398
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox®Disinfecting Wipes Fresh Scent 75 Count Canister 410600311
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox®Disinfecting Wipes Lemon Fresh 75 Count Canister 410600364
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant  Spray               206009956
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes 110 ct spec order
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes 128 oz spec order
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes 800 ct spec order
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Tilex® Soap Scum Remover  451990585
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Tilex® Soap Scum Remover & Disinfectant Spray 32 oz 451990575
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach                                 250009831
CloroxPro™ Clorox® Germicidal Bleach  64 oz                                 448990221
CloroxPro™ Clorox® Germicidal Bleach 121 oz 458906122
CloroxPro™ Clorox® Total 360® Disinfecting Cleaner                                 410600579
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner      spec order
   
Gojo  
PURELL® Foodservice Surface Sanitizer 444430281
PURELL® Hard Surface Disinfectants  444430290
   
Spartan   
BNC-15® 2L 451201126
GS High Dilution Disinfectant® 256 106 451201677
Halt® 1 g 451201450
Hard Surface Disinfecting Wipes (Fresh Scent) 410600606
hdqC 2®  451201435
NABC® Hard Surface Disinfecting Wipes 660201210
Super HDQL 10®  451201436
BNC-15® 1 g spec order
GS High Dilution Disinfectant® 256  spec order
GS Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner®  spec order
Halt® 2L spec order
Hard Surface Disinfecting Wipes  spec order
HDQ Neutral®  spec order
Profect® Healthcare Disinfecting Wipes  spec order
PSQ II  spec order
Super HDQ Neutral®  spec order
TB-Cide Quat® 15 g  spec order
TB-Cide Quat® RTU spray spec order
   
Diversey  
ALL PURPOSE VIREX DISINFECTANT CLEANER 2X1 GAL spec order
ALL PURPOSE VIREX DISINFECTANT CLEANER 4X32OX CAP SPR BTL spec order
ALL PURPOSE VIREX DISINFECTANT CLEANER 8X32OZ SPR BTL spec order
Alpha HP Multi-Surface Disinfectant Cleaner #67 2x2.5L J-FILL  998915901
ALPHA HP Multi-Surface Disinfectant Cleaner #67 (U.S.) 2 X 1.5 L 451916895
ALPHA HP Multi-Surface Disinfectant Cleaner 1 X 5 L 998997866
AVERT SPORICIDAL DISINFECTANT CLEANER 4X160EA US 998000621
AVERT SPORICIDAL DISINFECTANT CLEANER (US) 330 GAL TOTE spec order
AVERT SPORICIDAL DISINFECTANT CLEANER 12X32OZ spec order
AVERT SPORICIDAL DISINFECTANT CLEANER WIPES 6"X7" 12X160 CT (US) spec order
CREW NON-ACID DISINFECTANT CLEANER 12X32 OZ 451916041
CREW NON-ACID DISINFECTANT CLEANER 6X32 OZ spec order
CREW RESTROOM FLOOR & SURFACE NON-ACID DISINFECTANT CLEANER 12X32 OZ SPRAY BOTTLES  spec order
Crew Restroom Floor & Surface SC Non-Acid Disinfectant Cleaner 2x2.5L 451915600
Crew Restroom Floor & Surface SC Non-Acid Disinfectant Cleaner 2x1.4L spec order
CREW RESTROOM FLOOR AND SURFACE SPRAY BOTTLE 12X32OZ spec order
CREW RR FLR SRF DIS 12X32OZ CAP BTL spec order
DIVOSAN SPECTRUM (US) 330 U.S. GAL spec order
DIVOSAN SPECTRUM (US) 4X1 U.S. GAL  spec order
DIVOSAN SPECTRUM (US) 55 U.S.  spec order
DIVOSAN SPECTRUM (US) BULK spec order
ENVY FOAMING DISINFECTANT CLEANER 12X19 OZ 453400158
EXPOSE II256 PHENOLIC DISINFECTANT CLEANER 2X2.5 L 451915142
EXPOSE II 256 12X32OZ EMPTY BTL  spec order
Final Step 512 Sanitizer 2x1.5L RTD Spray  998914275
FINAL STEP SANITIZER 2.5L  446505088
Final Step 512 Sanitizer Quat-Based Kitchen Sanitizer 1x5L spec order
FINAL STP SAN 12X32OZ EMPTY BTL spec order
G-5 1249L/330GAL spec order
G-518.9L/5GAL spec order
G-5208L/55GAL spec order
G-5 BULK spec order
J-512 SANITIZER 2X2.5L 998910818
J-512 SANITIZER 4X1GAL 451315323
J-512 SANITIZER 12X32OZ EMPTY BTL (US) spec order
J-512 SANITIZER 2.5GAL spec order
J-512 SANITIZER 6X32 OZ spec order
MORNING MIST NEUTRAL DISINFECTANT CLEANER 1X5L RTD 660900118
MORNING MIST NEUTRAL DISINFECTANT CLEANER 2X1.5GL 454100257
MORNING MIST NEUTRAL DISINFECTANT CLEANER 2X1.5GL RTD Spray  454100256
MORNING MIST NEUTRAL DISINFECTANT CLEANER 2x2.5L 451001244
MORNING MIST NEUTRAL DISINFECTANT CLEANER 4X1 GAL 451997600
MORNING MIST NEUTRAL DISINFECTANT CLEANER 12X32OZ EMPTY BOTTLE spec order
OXIVIR 1 RTU 12X32OZ (US) 451009766
OXIVIR 1 WIPES 4X160EA (US) 410600391
OXIVIR 1 WIPES 4X160EA REFILL PACK (US) 410600392
OXIVIR 1 WIPES 12X160EA (US) spec order
OXIVIR 1 WIPES 12X60EA (US) 10X10 spec order
OXIVIR FIVE 16 CONCENTRATE ONE STEP DISINFECTANT CLEANER 2X2.5L 451915970
OXIVIR TB GENERAL VIRUCIDE, BACTERICIDE, TUBERCULOCIDE, FUNGICIDE,SANITIZER (U.S) 12X32OZ 454100249
OXIVIR TB WIPES 12X160 EA (US) 6X7" 410600368
OXIVIR TB WIPES 4X160 EA (US) 11X12" 410600381
OXIVIR TB WIPES REFILL PACK 4x160 EA (US) 11X12" 410997600
R2 Plus Hygienic Hard Surface Cleaner 12X32OZ BOTTLES  spec order
R2 Plus Hygienic Hard Surface Cleaner 2x2.5L  spec order
SIGNET HEAVY DUTY NON-ACID WASHROOM CLEANER/DISINFETANT 4X1 GAL spec order
SIGNET NEUTRAL DISINFECTANT 4X1 GAL spec order
SIGNET THREE COMPARTMENT SINK SANITIZER 4X1 GAL spec order
Sterilex Ultra Disinfectant Clnr Solution 1 5 Gal (US) spec order
Sterilex Ultra Disinfectant Clnr Solution 1 55 Gal (US) spec order
TRIAD III DISINFECTANT CLNR 2 X 5 L (US) 451916588
TRIAD III DISINFECTANT CLNR 2 X 2.5 L (US) 451915088
VIREX II 256 II ONE-STEP DISINFECTANT CLEANER AND DEODORANT 6X32 OZ 451311581
VIREX II 256 ONE-STEP DISINFECTANT CLEANER AND DEODORANT 1X5 L 451916653
VIREX II 256 ONE-STEP DISINFECTANT CLEANER AND DEODORANT 2.X1.4L 451500350
VIREX II 256 ONE-STEP DISINFECTANT CLEANER AND DEODORANT 2X1.5GAL 451311585
VIREX II 256 ONE-STEP DISINFECTANT CLEANER AND DEODORANT 2X1.5L 451916665
VIREX II 256 ONE-STEP DISINFECTANT CLEANER AND DEODORANT 2X2.5L 451915029
VIREX II 256 ONE-STEP DISINFECTANT CLEANER AND DEODORANT 4X1 GAL 451915030
VIREX PLUS ONE-STEP DISINFECTANT CLEANER & DEODORANT 2X1.5L RTD spec order
VIREX PLUS ONE-STEP DISINFECTANT CLEANER & DEODORANT 2X2.5L J-FILL spec order
VIREX II 256 12X32OZ CAP EMPTY BTL spec order
VIREX II 256 12X32OZ SPRAY BOTTLE spec order
VIREX TB READY TO USE DISINFECTANT CLEANER 12X32OZ 454100255
WIDE RANGE II 2X2.5L spec order
WIDE RANGE NON-ACID DISINFECTANT WASHROOM CLEANER 12 X 32 OZ. EMPTY BOTTLE spec order
   
Green Klean   
SOP Green Klean - Chlorinated Disinfecting Tablet 487900128
   
Kik Custom Products   
Bleach Ultra 6% 1GL 11008635045 Kik   PureBright GERM 4H 6/Case (Individual Case) 448805221
Bleach Ultra 32 oz  23138638091 Kik  PureBright GERM 6% 12/Case 448805227
Bleach Ultra 6% Full Pallet Qty Kik PureBright GERM Gal 28 CS  (Pallet) 448805220

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 SARS-CoV-2 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.

Download our FREE, Coronavirus Readiness Playbook: 6 Vital Steps to Protect Your Facility, designed to provide you with the 6 vital steps you need to keep your facility protected against a Coronavirus outbreak.

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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.