Resources for Coronavirus Cleaning

Precautionary Measures Against Coronavirus Transmission

To help prevent yourself from getting or spreading the coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses follow the steps below:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. (Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives) Use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Helpful Links

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) list of EPA-registered disinfectants that qualify for use against SARS-CoV-2, that causes COVID-19.

Products registered on the EPA’s list of disinfectant products that have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2. It also allows additional communications intended to inform the public about these products against these pathogens.

Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, which means they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. Consumers using these registered disinfectants on an enveloped virus should follow the directions on the product’s master label. It is also very important to pay close attention to the contact dwell time for the product on the treated surface.

The EPA’s Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance was developed and finalized in 2016 to allow for a rapid response in the event of an emerging viral pathogen outbreak. It was triggered for SARS-CoV-2 on January 29, 2020. The guidance outlines a voluntary, pre-approval process for making emerging viral pathogens claims. In the event of an outbreak, companies with pre-approved products can make off-label claims for use against the virus during the outbreak.

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