Coronavirus Information and Updates
SSS Disinfectants on EPA List N
The EPA recently expanded the list of products on the EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 EPA. Listed below are all of the SSS Disinfectants on List N.
What is the Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of enveloped virus that was first discovered in the 1960s. They are most commonly found in animals; however, six strains of Coronavirus were known to be capable of transmission from animals to humans. The latest strain is known as the Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. It originated in Wuhan, China, last year.
How does the Coronavirus spread?
The virus typically spreads through the air via coughing or sneezing, contact with an infected person or contaminated surfaces, and rarely, via fecal contamination. Most people get infected with a human Coronavirus at some point in their lives. They experience cold-like symptoms for a few days and then recover. However, the COVID-19 strain can cause severe symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath that can lead to pneumonia and possibly death. At this time, there is no vaccine or specific treatment for the Coronavirus.
You have probably heard it a thousand times, but hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to prevent any virus from spreading. Respiratory hygiene and proper cough etiquette should also be considered. The CDC provides useful guidance and resources for Coronavirus infection control measures. These should all be implemented when patients are suspected of being infected with a Coronavirus. For COVID-19, the CDC also recommends a mask for confirmed individuals, eye protection for healthcare workers, and implementing both contact and airborne precautions in addition to standard precautions.
There are a handful of products that are effective in killing Coronavirus. Chemicals such as those in the SSS Alliance Disinfection System have been shown to have extremely effective kill time (as little at 2 minutes!) towards Coronavirus. This is important because it shortens the dwell time for the chemical to sit on a surface and decreases the chance that someone will come in contact with the surface before the virus is fully eliminated.
How Triple S Members Can Help
Your local Triple S Member can be a great resource when it comes to infection prevention. They are able to help recommend the best disinfection solution for any particular need, offer hand hygiene solutions and programs as well as provide training and education on proper product use.
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