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Help Prevent the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 (formerly 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes the respiratory illness COV-19

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Help Prevent the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 (formerly 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes  the respiratory illness COV-19

Understand what this new strain of coronavirus is and how we can help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV- 2.

What Is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to much more serious diseases and can infect both humans and animals, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The new strain, first identified in Wuhan, China in January 2020, is related to two other coronaviruses that have caused outbreaks in recent years: Middle East respiratory syndrome, also known as MERS, and severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS.

Coronavirus Symptoms & Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), patients with confirmed COVID-19 infections have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms of the COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.

How Coronavirus Spreads

According to the CDC, the new coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19 is most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
  • Rarely, fecal contamination

Coronavirus Infection Prevention

Always consult your doctor for medical advice. There are currently no vaccines to protect you against COVID-19 infections, but the CDC suggests helping to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Additionally, if you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following:

  • Stay home while you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

Can Clorox® Products Help Prevent SARS-CoV-2?

The products listed below have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 (formerly 2019-n-CoV) on hard, nonporous surfaces. , Therefore, per the EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy, these products can be used against SARS-CoV-2 when used as directed.

For more information, refer to the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.

Clorox® Products You Can Use

Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes

  • Wipe surface to be disinfected.
  • Keep surface wet for 4 minutes.
  • Let surface dry.
  • For highly soiled surfaces, clean excess dirt first.
  • For items that come in contact with food or mouths (like baby bottles or toys), rinse with warm water and let air-dry.

Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner + Bleach

  • Turn nozzle counterclockwise to ON.
  • Spray 6 to 8 inches from surface and allow product to penetrate tough stains and messes.
  • Let stand 30 seconds.
  • Wipe with a wet sponge or cloth and rinse with water, no scrubbing required.
  • For heavily soiled surfaces, pre-clean surface before disinfecting.
  • For items that come in contact with food or mouths (like baby bottles or toys), rinse with warm water and let air-dry.

Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach2

  • Pre-wash surface.
  • Mop or wipe with a solution of 1/2 cup of Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach2 per gallon of water.
  • Allow solution to contact the surface for 5 minutes.
  • For items that come in contact with food or mouths (like baby bottles or toys), rinse with warm water and let air-dry.

Visit the CDC for the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreaks, and a full list of best practices for treatment.