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How to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus

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.

For up-to-date information on the virus, we recommend visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.

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

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

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.

Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow—not your hand.

Clean and disinfect shared work spaces and high-contact surfaces.

Stay home if you experience any cold-like symptoms.

Clorox® Products you can use for disinfection

These products have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19 on hard, nonporous surfaces.*

Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes

  • Remove excess dirt.
  • Wipe down surface.
  • Let surface dry (needs to maintain surface contact for 4 minutes for disinfection).
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Clorox® Clean-Up (Spray)

  • Remove excess dirt.
  • Spray product 4-6 inches from surface until thoroughly wet.
  • Let stand for 30 seconds.
  • Rinse or wipe clean.
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Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach2

  • Pre-wash surface.
  • Mop or wipe with bleach solution. Refer to your product label for dosing instructions.
  • Allow solution to contact surface for at least 5 minutes. Rinse well and air dry.
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Clorox® Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner

  • Turn nozzle to “ON.”
  • Tilt bottle at a downward angle while spraying.
  • Wait 10 minutes.
  • Wipe with sponge or cloth.
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Scentiva® Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner

  • Spray 6-8 inches from soiled surface.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Wipe clean with a dry paper towel or lint-free cloth.
  • Repeat for heavily soiled areas.
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Clorox® Scentiva Disinfecting Wipes

  • Remove excess dirt.
  • Wipe down surface.
  • Let surface dry (needs to maintain surface contact for 4 minutes for disinfection).
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Clorox® Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach

  • Flush toilet.
  • Apply 6 oz. under and around rim.
  • Scrub entire bowl.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Flush toilet.
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Clorox® Toilet Bowl Cleaner Clinging Bleach Gel

  • Flush toilet.
  • Apply 6 oz. under and around rim.
  • Scrub entire bowl.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Flush toilet.
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Clorox® Multi Surface Cleaner with Bleach

  • Spray 6-8 inches from surface until thoroughly wet.
  • Let stand 1 minute.
  • Wipe with a clean cloth or paper towel or allow to air dry.
  • Rinse surfaces that may come in contact with food with potable water. For all other surfaces, no rinsing is required.
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Clorox® Urine Remover

  • Turn nozzle to “ON” position.
  • Spray directly onto stain until completely covered.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with water or wipe with a clean, damp cloth.
  • Test colorfastness on a small area before use on painted surfaces.
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Clorox® Performance Bleach2 with CLOROMAX (Club)

  • Wipe down surface area with a bleach solution of 2 teaspoons of Clorox® Performance Bleach1 with CLOROMAX® per gallon of water.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Let air dry.
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Clorox® Germicidal Bleach3

  • Pre-wash surface.
  • Mop or wipe with bleach solution. Refer to your product label for dosing instructions.
  • Allow solution to contact surface for at least 5 minutes.
  • Rinse and let air dry.
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Clorox® Scentiva® Bathroom Foam Cleaner

  • Spray 6-8 inches from surface.
  • Allow foam to penetrate heavily soiled surfaces for 5 minutes.
  • Wipe and rinse.
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Clorox® 4 in One Disinfecting Spray

  • Hold can upright 6-8 inches from surface.
  • Spray surface until thoroughly wet.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Allow to air dry.
  • Rinse with potable water for food contact surfaces.
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Clorox® Scentiva® Disinfecting Wet Mop Cloths

  • Attach cloth to sweeper head.
  • Mop floor.
  • Let air dry (needs to maintain surface contact for 4 minutes for disinfection).
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*Because of the EPA's Emerging Pathogen Policy, these products can be used against COVID-19 when used as directed.

Coronavirus FAQs

  • Q.
    I can't find Clorox® products anywhere. Why is that?
    A.

    We recently stepped up production of our disinfecting products to meet the needs of our consumers. As you can understand, this is a fast-moving situation, and we have a Product Supply team in place that's working around the clock to ensure people have access to our disinfecting products. Please visit Clorox.com for a full list of our retail products approved under EPA Emerging Pathogens policy. We have a number of products including Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach and Clorox® Clean Up + Bleach that are considered effective against COVID-19.

  • Q.
    Why is your store locator missing?
    A.

    We apologize for the inconvenience removing our store locator has caused, we realized it was no longer providing accurate information. Our priority right now – and the best way to address this at the moment – is removing the locator until the issue can be fixed. We are continuing to work with our retail partners to replenish store shelves as fast as possible.