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Help Prevent the Spread of the New Human Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

Help Prevent the Spread of the New Human Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to much more serious diseases and can infect both humans and animals, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The new strain, first identified in Wuhan, China in January 2020, is related to two other coronaviruses that have caused outbreaks in recent years: Middle East respiratory syndrome, also known as MERS, and severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS.

Coronavirus Symptoms and Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), patients with confirmed COVID-19 infections have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms of the COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.

How Coronavirus Spreads

According to the CDC, human coronaviruses
are most commonly transmitted from an
infected person to others through

  • :The air, when coughing or sneezing.
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before
    washing your hands.
  • On rare occasions, through fecal contamination.

Prevention of the Spread and Treatment of Coronavirus Infections

Always ask your doctor for advice. There are currently no vaccines to protect you against human Coronavirus infections, but the CDC suggests helping reduce your risk of infection by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces. Stay home while you are sick and see your doctor immediately.


Can Clorox® Products Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus?

Clorox® Disinfectant Wipes, Clorox® Bleach and Clorox® Multi-Surface Clean-Up® Cleaner + Bleach products have been shown to be effective against viruses similar to 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on hard, nonporous surfaces. Therefore, according to the Emerging Pathologies Policy of the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) these products can be used against 2019-nCoV when used in accordance with the indicated instructions.

For more information, see the CDC website at *

Disinfecting Wipes
Clorox® Bleach
Clorox Multi-Surface Clean-Up® Cleaner + Bleach
  • Apply enough wipes to the surface to keep it visibly wet for 4 minutes.
  • Let dry
  • Remove excess dirt first if the surface is very dirty.
  • For surfaces in contact with food, rinse with plenty of water.
  • Mix 1 cup of Clorox® in 1 gallon of water.
  • Leave the solution on the surface for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse and dry.
  • Remove excess dirt.
  • Spray 4 to 6 inches from surface, until thoroughly wet.
  • Leave the solution for 30 seconds.
  • Rinse or wipe the surface with a paper towel or clean cloth.
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* Due to the EPA’s Emerging Pathogens Policy, these products may be used against COVID-19 when used as directed.

Always remember to read the label carefully before using the product.