Update on the Coronavirus Outbreak
The 2019-nCoV, sometimes called the Wuhan coronavirus, has spread quickly across China and into other countries, including the United States and Canada. More than 9,800 cases and 213 deaths have been reported worldwide. At least 17 of the deaths have occurred among health care workers in China.
As the disease spreads, it’s critical to understand how to protect communities by preventing its spread.
For more information, we recommend following updates on the World Health Organization (WHO) website.
Environments Impacted by 2019-nCoV
Some environments, particularly those in which people are in close contact, may make it easier for this type of coronavirus, to spread.
- Public transportation hubs (airports, train stations, etc.)
- Health care facilities (hospitals, urgent care centers, etc.)
- Higher education facilities (universities and colleges)
- Schools (elementary schools, high schools, daycare facilities, etc.)
- Community spaces (venues, arenas, etc.)
It’s critical to understand the facts about 2019-nCoV so you can help prevent its spread in your facility.
- This coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person. [SOURCE]
- Symptoms may appear as few as two days or as many as 14 days after exposure. [SOURCE]
- This coronavirus can affect people of any age; older people and those with preexisting medical conditions, like asthma or heart disease, may be more vulnerable to developing severe symptoms. [SOURCE]
- Healthcare workers and others who have close contact with 2019-nCoV patients will have a higher risk of infection. [SOURCE]
- Antibiotics cannot prevent or treat 2019-nCoV. [SOURCE]
- There are currently no medications available to prevent or treat this coronavirus. [SOURCE]
- Disinfectants kill a wider range of microorganisms than sanitizers. [SOURCE]
- The illness causes a range of symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, pneumonia, kidney failure and death. [SOURCE]
- It appears people showing no symptoms may be able to spread the virus. [SOURCE]
What You Need to Know to Protect Your Environment
Individuals can protect themselves and help prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV with good hand, respiratory and safe food hygiene.
However, if you’re a facility manager or cleaning professional, you also play an important role in protecting people and the community against the coronavirus. It’s essential to implement consistent and proper cleaning and disinfection procedures with products shown to kill the virus.
Proven effective against the Human Coronavirus in real-world situations.
For a product to be EPA Registered as a disinfectant it must pass efficacy testing for each given virus or microorganism. This test includes exposing the subject strain to the disinfectant and the product must kill over 99.99% of the microorganism to pass. Often an organic soil load is added to create a more challenging test as organic material on the surface reduces the efficacy of a disinfectant. The industry standard is a 5% organic soil load which simulates slightly “dirty” conditions. Shockwave was tested, and EPA registered, against the Human Coronavirus at much higher, more challenging, but real-world scenario 98% soil load. Before using any disinfectant always review the label to determine if the product is appropriate for your application.