The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus (SARS Cov-2). The virus known as ‘coronavirus disease 2019’ (COVID-19) is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, though this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
COVID-19 Cleaning Indoors
A proactive initial and regularly scheduled cleaning and disinfecting maintenance program indoors for facilities/structures/homes is recommended. IET is here to assist clients taking proactive steps where the consumer states there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. The virus can live on a surface for hours and possibly a couple days, depending on temperature and humidity. The EPA states “Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest to kill [on surfaces] with the appropriate disinfectant product.”
The CDC states “routine cleaning and disinfection procedures (e.g., using cleaners and water to pre- clean surfaces prior to applying an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant to frequently touched surfaces or objects for appropriate contact times as indicated on the product’s label) are appropriate for 2019-nCoV in healthcare settings.”
ICP ERG disinfectants are EPA-registered hospital-grade disinfectants, while they have not been tested against 2019-nCoV specifically (because it is a novel strain), they have demonstrated effectiveness against several similar enveloped viruses such as: Influenza A virus, H1N1 virus, Avian (H3N2) virus, HIV Type 1 and more. The closest match to 2019-nCoV strain is Human Coronavirus and ICP’s ERG disinfectant, Shockwave (USA ONLY) lists that organism. (www.fiberlock.com/coronavirus)
NOTE: Facilities are not protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building. An ongoing disinfecting program should remain in place.
No products have been tested or EPA-registered specifically against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). This pathogen is not available for testing and standard methods for laboratory testing do not exist.
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Surfaces Coronavirus Can Live On
There are a number of surfaces where COVID-19 can reside. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, tables and any surfaces prone to high-touch and multi-user.
Appropriate dwell time is required for the disinfectant to work. Follow label instructions.
The same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance document for commercial spaces, including: (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Shelving and Racks
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
Guidelines to Clean and Disinfect Coronavirus
Cleaning procedures generally include the cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for the cleanup process and disposal of waste.
Here are specifics guidelines to follow:
- If surfaces are visibly dirty, they should be pre-cleaned with an ICP cleaner. Follow label directions, spray onto the surface and wipe off with a clean cloth or paper towel.
- ICP ERG One-step Cleaners and Disinfectants can be used if the surfaces are not overly dirty.
- Apply the ICP ERG approved Disinfectant in accordance with label directions.
- Ensure the surfaces are visibly wet for the prescribed contact time.
- For large public spaces consider delivery methods including airless sprayer, foaming applicator, electrostatic, ULV mist/fog, and compression/trigger sprayer.
- Benefect Disinfectant Wipes (US EPA #84683-4-74771 / Health Canada DIN #02342111) are also a very convenient one-step tool for quickly wiping down potentially contaminated touch points such as doorknobs, toys, keyboards, etc.
- Regular hand washing and/or use of non-alcohol Hand Sanitizers plus Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as a respirator, gloves and face mask is essential due to the highly contagious nature of this virus. ICP ERG disinfectants will not compromise indoor air quality or cause skin irritation when used on frequently touched surfaces.
- Regular cleaning and disinfecting of public facilities is the key to infection control. Increased frequency is recommended during times of high illness among the occupants.
- Special attention should be paid to common “hot spot” or high touch points like door handles, facets, water fountain knobs, or toys.
- The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19.
Disclaimer: ICP Environment Restoration Group disinfectants fulfill the requirements of the EPA for List N.