How to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus

Here are the basics you need to know about disinfecting with Original Pine-Sol®.

Steps to Disinfect

Disinfecting hard, nonporous surfaces with Original Pine-Sol®

  • Step 1

    Pour full-strength (undiluted) Original Pine-Sol® onto a clean cloth or sponge.

    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Apply to wet the hard, nonporous surface and let it stand for 10 minutes.

    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Rinse with fresh, clean water. For visibly soiled surfaces, pre-cleaning is required.

    Step 3

Why Is Disinfection Important

Disinfecting with Original Pine-Sol® destroys or inactivates both the bacteria and the viruses identified on the product’s label (like Influenza A and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19) on hard, nonporous surfaces, when used as directed.

To help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, remember that you should use products with disinfecting claims – not just sanitizing claims – because disinfectants like Original Pine-Sol® are the only products approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill viruses on hard, nonporous surfaces.1 The main difference is that EPA-approved sanitizers only have claims for bacteria, while disinfectants have claims against both bacteria and viruses.

When to Disinfect

It’s important to disinfect your home regularly to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. If someone in your household has COVID-19 or shows symptoms, you can use Original Pine-Sol® to disinfect the high-touch surfaces in the areas they enter as frequently as possible.2

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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.

For up-to-date information on the virus, we recommend visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

Coronavirus Symptoms & 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
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Symptoms of 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, the new coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19 is most commonly spread from an infected person to others through

  • The air by coughing and 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
  • Rarely, fecal contamination

For more information, refer to the CDC website at