COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus)

Information and Recommendations from CDC

Update- Feb 12-2019: World Health Organization (WHO) has given a name to the disease caused by a new virus that emerged late last year in China and has since sickened tens of thousands of people now has an official name: COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in more than a thousand confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is closely monitoring the situation and provides comprehensive and timely updates.1

What are coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that were first identified in the mid-1960s and are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Coronaviruses are not typically transmitted between animals and humans. With the discovery of 2019 Novel Coronavirus there are now seven strains of coronavirus know to be capable of transmission from animals to humans. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) CoV was responsible for a large outbreak in 2003 and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrom (MERS) CoV was responsible for an outbreak in 2012.2
Many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, and there is evidence that person-to-person spread is occurring.1

What are the symptoms of a human coronavirus infection?

Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Symptoms may include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, a general feeling of being unwell. Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults.3

How are coronaviruses spread?

Coronaviruses typically spread via close contact, or respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.4


Most people get infected with a human coronavirus at some point in their lives and experience cold-like symptoms a few day before recovering. However, novel coronaviruses - such as MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and 2019-nCoV cause severe symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath that can lead to pneumonia and even death. These coronoaviruses can quickly spread from person to person and can lead to widespread outbreaks. In the case of 2019-nCoV, there is neither a vaccine nor specific treatment.

Infection Control Measures

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  4. Stay home when you are sick.
  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with an EPA registered disinfectant.
  7. CDC recommends wearing a surgical mask as soon as they are identified. Personnel entering the room should use standard precautions, contact precautions, and airborne precautions, and use eye protection.


The products listed below have all demonstrated effectiveness against Human Coronavirus and SARS Associated Carnovirus on hard, non-porous surfaces. Therefore, we recommend the products listed below for use, in accordance with label directions. All products have a 10 minute kill claim unless otherwise noted.

Standard Precaution Recommendations from World Health Organization (WHO) include:
“Ensure that environmental cleaning and disinfection procedures are followed consistently and correctly. Thorough cleaning of environmental surfaces with water and detergent and applying commonly used hospital level disinfectants is an effective and sufficient procedure.”6

Bulk Disinfectants

  1. 0248 Neutral-Q Disinfectant Cleaner
  2. 0255 MicroChem Plus Detergent / Disinfectant
  3. 0275 Neutracide 256 Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner / Deodorizer
  4. 0234 Citrus Flower-Quat Disinfectant, Cleaner, Mildewstat, Fungicide, Virucide, Deodorizer
  5. 0241 Pine-Quat Plus Disinfectant, Cleaner, Mildewstat, Fungicide, Virucide, Deodorizer
  6. 0235 Lemon-Quat Disinfectant, Cleaner, Mildewstat, Fungicide, Virucide, Deodorizer
  7. 0230 Lavender-Quat Disinfectant, Cleaner, Mildewstat, Fungicide, Virucide, Deodorizer
  8. 0236 Mint-Quat Disinfectant, Cleaner, Mildewstat, Fungicide, Virucide, Deodorizer
  9. 0270 Combat Odor Eliminator / Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner
  10. 4038 Earth Sense® Neutral Disinfectant Detergent

Dilution Control Disinfectants

  1. 4173 Main Squeeze Lavender 256 Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner Deodorizer
  2. 5078 Dual Blend® #8 HD Detergent / Disinfectant
  3. 5079 Dual Blend® #9 Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner 256
  4. 5089 Dual Blend® #19 Lavender Disinfectant 256
  5. 5090 Dual Blend® #20 Bathroom Plus Concentrate
  6. 4078 Ready...Set...CLEAN™ #8 HD Detergent / Disinfectant
  7. 4079 Ready...Set...CLEAN™ #9 Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner 256
  8. 4007 Twin Power® #7 Healthcare Disinfectant Neutral Cleaner
  9. 4017 Twin Power® #17 HD Detergent / Disinfectant
  10. 4021 Twin Power® #21 Earth Sense® Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner 256

Ready-To-Use Disinfectants

  1. 0252 Avistat-D Ready-To-Use Spray Disinfectant Cleaner 2 min. Kill
  2. 1715 Germi-Kleen Non-Acid Bowl & Bathroom Disinfectant Cleaner 2 min. Kill