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How to Disinfect Against Human Coronavirus

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.

Some Coronaviruses
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.

Remember SARS?
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.




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  1. vaughn masterson Reply

    Currently most retail disinfectants will kill the sars, mers, coronavirus and novel coronavirus ON HARD- NON- POROUS SURFACES ONLY!

    Porous surfaces should but cannot be guaranteed. I receive items from China,

    1). Put on disposable latex gloves and
    2). Leave package outside and open it
    outside. Spray package with lysol/any
    anti- bacterial spray thoroughly,
    wait 2 minutes.
    3). Wipe down
    4). Pull off gloves so you are making them
    Turn inside out. Remove face mask and
    put it in the inside out gloves.
    5). Burn gloves and mask in fireplace or
    place in a ziplock bag. The latex.
    gloves will not damage your fireplace.
    6). Immediately wash your hands, dry with
    clean paper towel, rinse hands with 2
    squirts of hand sanitizer, wait 30
    seconds and dry again.
    7). Last, disinfectants are only guaranteed
    To work on hard non-porous surfaces.
    But for packages coming from China I
    have always used the routine above and
    Have never gotten sick and I have
    compromised immune system.
    8).If you come down with the flu folks
    Please remember to wear a facemask and
    carry hand sanitizer in a small bottle
    with you. All the dollar stores have em.

  2. valek sykes Reply

    Great article on the corona virus and SARS. Disinfecting properties often such as businesses and homes where corona virus may thrive and good health practices like social distancing seem to be working. Its important to use the right products and practices to disinfect properties so this article is spot on.
    We always have to disinfect areas due to the nature of our business which is crime scene and trauma cleanup because we never know the victim and if they were infected with anything as we deal with their blood and bodily fluids. Now with the virus outbreak, its just as important to sanitize what we can so like others we are offering property disinfection services and helping to stop the spread of the virus. Lets hope that all of us together can get through this and get back to normal as soon as possible.

  3. Jesse Salazar Reply

    Very detailed article. Our company offers Covid-19 remediation services in Texas, and one of the things that concerns me is that the offices can once again be contaminated. It’s very easy for another employee to come back into the office only to infect the space we recently disinfected. Of course, we warn our clients up front that his is a likely scenario, but this is why I appreciate your step by step guidance here in the article because everyone should know these steps. Thank you, and be safe out there! 🙂

  4. Steve K Reply

    Great list of hospital grade disinfectants. Most people think that simple household disinfectants will be sufficient for Covid-19 cleaning, crime scene and trauma cleanup, but that’s not the case.

    I appreciate your step by step instructions here in the article because everyone should know these steps. Although with the WHO and CDC flip flopping so much on how transmissions can be made, it’s a bit confusing. For instance, now they are saying surface contact is an unlikely form of transmission.

  5. Health Canada Approved Sanitizers Reply

    Thanks a lot to you for sharing about how to disinfect against coronavirus here, these kinds of ideas are much needed. I really appreciate that you have provided the data too, really appreciative and useful blog for us. Looking for more!!

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