How to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus
Here are the basics you need to know about disinfecting with Original Pine-Sol® and how it can help you keep your family safe.
Steps to Disinfect
Disinfecting hard, nonporous surfaces with Original Pine-Sol® is a reliable way to help lower the risk of spreading germs from surfaces by touch.1
Pour full-strength (undiluted) Original Pine-Sol® onto a clean cloth or sponge.
Apply to a hard, nonporous surface and let it stand for 10 minutes.
Rinse with fresh, clean water.
Why Disinfection Is Important
Disinfecting with Original Pine-Sol® destroys or inactivates both the bacteria and viruses identified on the product’s label (like Influenza A and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19) on hard, nonporous surfaces.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, 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 surfaces.2 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 COVID-19. 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.3
- 1. According to Saskia Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC, a senior hospital infection prevention epidemiologist at HonorHealth and paid Clorox consultant.
- 2. https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
- 3. According to Mary Gagliardi, AKA “Dr. Laundry,” Clorox’s in-house scientist and cleaning expert.
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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:
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- 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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.