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:
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:
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:
Additionally, if you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following:
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
Visit the CDC for the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreaks, and a full list of best practices for treatment.