SARS-CoV-2 – The Cause of COVID-19

Overview

Updated October 15, 2020

In late 2019, an outbreak of a novel coronavirus that causes the illness COVID-19 was reported in Wuhan, China. Cases have now been reported in every state in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the situation and provides comprehensive and timely updates.1

COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2 or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronoavirus-2.

CloroxPro’s Response to COVID-19

CloroxPro’s mission is to provide solutions to eliminate the environment as a source of infection. Delivering against this mission has never been more relevant or urgent. Learn about CloroxPro’s response to COVID-19 below. For information on The Clorox Company response, please click here.

Products for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

A number of Clorox products have been approved by the EPA to kill SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, on hard, nonporous surfaces. See first table below for CloroxPro product details.

In addition, CloroxPro is performing testing on all other disinfecting products. Until CloroxPro receives EPA approval of test results, the EPA’s List N also includes disinfectants that have demonstrated efficacy against a pathogen that is more difficult to kill than SARS-CoV-2 or a human coronavirus similar to SARS-CoV-2.

For more information, please refer to the CDC website.

Products with EPA-approved SARS-CoV-2 Claim

Product Name UPC EPA Reg. No. Contact Time
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes 15948
15949
31428
31547
67619-31 SARS-CoV-2 (30 sec)
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Formula 409® Cleaner Degreaser Disinfectant 35306
35300
67619-10 SARS-CoV-2 (30 sec)
CloroxPro™ Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface Cleaner 35418
41773
97425
5813-101-67619 SARS-CoV-2 (10 min)
CloroxPro™ Clorox® Germicidal Bleach
(see dilution instructions below)
31009
30966
67619-32 SARS-CoV-2 (5 min)
Clorox® Total 360® Disinfecting Cleaner 31650 67619-38 SARS-CoV-2 (2 min)
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Wipes 30577
35309
30358
30359
31469
67619-12 SARS-CoV-2 (1 min)
Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes 30824
30825
30826
30827
67619-25 SARS-CoV-2 (30 sec)
Clorox Healthcare® Fuzion® Disinfectant Cleaner 31478 67619-30 SARS-CoV-2 (1 min)
Dispatch® Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Towels with Bleach 69101
69260
69150
56392-8 SARS-CoV-2 (1 min)

CloroxPro™ Clorox® Germicidal Bleach Dilution Instructions

Below are the CloroxPro™ Clorox® Germicidal Bleach dilution instructions and the contact time (the time the surface needs to stay wet with disinfectant) that can be used against SARS-CoV-2.

Product Dilution Ratio Instructions for hard, nonporous surface disinfection Contact time used to kill SARS-CoV-2
CloroxPro™ Clorox® Germicidal Bleach Bleach:
½ cup
Water:
1 gallon
Prewash surface.
Mop or wipe with bleach solution.
Allow solution to contact surface for at least 5 minutes.
Rinse well and air dry.
5 minutes*

Please refer to the following resources for more information on how to dilute Clorox® bleach products when disinfecting for SARS-CoV-2:

* Contact time for Rhinovirus

Other Products that Meet EPA’s List N Criteria for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

CloroxPro

Product Name UPC EPA Reg. No. Follow directions for use against stated virus
(contact time)
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Clean-Up® Disinfectant Cleaner with Bleach1 (Spray) 35417 67619-17 Rhinovirus (30 sec)
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Clean-Up® Disinfectant Cleaner with Bleach1 (Dilution*) 35420 67619-17 Rhinovirus (5 min)
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Spray 38504 67619-21 Rhinovirus (30 sec)
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes 15948
15949
31428
31547
67619-31 SARS-CoV-2 (30 sec)
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® 4-in-One Fresh Citrus Disinfectant & Sanitizer 31043 67619-29 Rhinovirus (5 min)
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® 4-in-One Lavender Disinfectant & Sanitizer 32512 67619-29 Rhinovirus (5 min)
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach1 00031 67619-16 Rhinovirus (10 min)
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Bio Stain & Odor Remover 31903
31910
31911
67619-33 Rhinovirus (5 min)
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner 16930 5813-40-67619 Rhinovirus (10 min)
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Tilex® Soap Scum Remover 35600
35604
5813-40-67619 Rhinovirus (10 min)
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfecting Cleaner 30832 67619-24 Rhinovirus (1 min)
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfecting Wipes 30830
30831
30833
67619-25 Rhinovirus (1 min)

* Mix ½ cup per gallon of water. Wet surface completely with cloth or sponge or mop or rag. Let stand 5 minutes. Rinse or wipe clean.
† Adenovirus listed on EPA federal master label.

Clorox Healthcare

Product Name UPC EPA Reg. No. Follow directions for use against stated virus
(contact time)
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Spray 68967
68970
68832
68973
68978
56392-7 Rhinovirus (1 min)
Clorox Healthcare® EZ-KILL® Quat Alcohol Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes 7105
7110
59894-10-67619 Mycobacterium tuberculosis
(2 min)
Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant 30828
30829
31444
67619-24 Rhinovirus Type 37 (1 min)
Clorox Healthcare® VersaSure® Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes 31757
31758
31759
31760
31761
67619-37 Rotavirus (2 min)
Clorox Healthcare® Citrace® Hospital Disinfectant & Deodorizer 49100 67619-29 Rhinovirus (5 min)
Clorox Healthcare® Broad Spectrum Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner 30649 67619-20 Rhinovirus (3 min)

SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Resources

Educational Resources

As COVID-19 continues to spread, it’s critical that cleaning and healthcare professionals are equipped with knowledge and tools to help fight SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the disease. Please refer to the following resources for more information:

Educational Courses

Blog Posts

For additional information, read our take on the pandemic via various posts from the CloroxPro Blog:

What Are Coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of enveloped virus that was first discovered in the 1960s. Coronaviruses are most commonly found in animals, including camels and bats, and are not typically transmitted between animals and humans. However some strains of coronavirus are known to be capable of transmission from animals to humans, the most well-known being SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus), responsible for a large outbreak in 2003, and MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus), responsible for an outbreak in 2012.2

What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. Symptoms may also be very mild and resemble the common cold. In addition, there are reports of asymptomatic infections and pre-symptomatic transmissions of COVID-19.3

How Is SARS-CoV-2 Spread?

SARS-CoV-2, like all coronaviruses, is typically spread through the air via coughing or sneezing, via contact with an infected person. People with COVID-19 may not exhibit symptoms, but are still able to transmit the virus to other people. It may also be transmitted from touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. SARS-CoV-2 is thought to have originally spread from animals to humans, but person-to-person transmission is now occurring.4

Why Are Human Coronaviruses and Particularly SARS-CoV-2 a Concern?

SARS-CoV-2 is spreading quickly from person to person leading to widespread outbreaks globally. As with most emerging viruses, the risk depends on a number of factors, including ease of transmission, severity of symptoms and prevention and treatment options available. In the case of COVID-19, the possibility of asymptomatic transmission poses a challenge to containment strategies. There is also neither a vaccine or specific treatment.

Infection Control Measures

The CDC provides useful guidance and resources relating to the COVID-19 outbreak, including infection control measures. These should all be implemented when patients are suspected of being infected with a coronavirus.5

  • Hand hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid contact with infected individuals, as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects with an EPA-registered disinfectant approved for use against SARS-CoV-2.
  • The CDC recommends that individuals confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 should wear a mask, and healthcare workers should use eye protection. Both contact and airborne precautions should be implemented in addition to standard precautions.

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