How to disinfect against Human Corona Viruses
News reports out of China include the recent identification of a new form of a viral agent called a Corona Virus that could become a world wide health concern. The previously unidentified virus was believed to be contracted by a human at a large fish and animal market in China. The concern is the virus transmitted via an animal to a human, may now have achieved human to human transmission as the illnesses related to the virus spreads.
About Corona Viruses
Corona viruses are a large family of viruses that usually infect animals. There are seven Corona Viruses that are known to infect humans. All of these originated from animals.
Out of the seven known human corona viruses, four usually produce mild to moderate illness. Two of the newer identified coronaviruses (SARS and MERS) are known to produce more serious illness, and the last one was identified recently in China.
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) Associated Corona Virus: Identified in 2003.
MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) Associated Corona Virus. Identified in 2012.
Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCOV identified in China in January 2020.
Back in 2003 in Asia, the SARS virus was identified resulting in a world wide health emergency in 2003. The illness spread to North and South America, Europe and Asia before the global outbreak was contained. The SARS Virus produced 8,098 worldwide cases resulting in 774 deaths. Since 2004, there have been no reported cases of SARS anywhere in the world.
How are corona virus infections transmitted?
Human coronavirus infections can be transmitted as follows:
• Through the air by coughing and sneezing
• Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
• Touching contaminated surfaces, then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published an infographic (see below) to educate the public on how to prevent becoming sick with a coronavirus infection.
People can protect themselves from the virus by washing their hands with soap and water, avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth and keeping away from sick people, according to the CDC.
In addition, Multi-Clean suggests regular cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, especially high touch surfaces with an EPA registered disinfectant with Human Coronavirus claims and SARS associated corona virus.*
What disinfectants are effective against Corona Viruses
Multi-Clean makes a number of EPA registered disinfectant products with efficacy claims for a Human Corona Virus strain and the SARS associated Corona Virus.
64 Millennium Q: Hospital Grade Disinfectant Cleaner, concentrate
128 E-Fecticide: Hospital Grade, rapid kill disinfectant, concentrate
256 Century Q: Hospital Grade, neutral disinfectant, concentrate
Microcide TB Ready to use, fast kill disinfectant
Century Q Wipes Hospital Grade, kills 99.9% of bacteria in 30 sec
*Currently, there has not been specific guidance issued on whether disinfectants with Corona Virus claims will be effective on the new novel coronavirus 2019-nCOV.