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The current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first reported on 31 December 2019. Formally named SARS-CoV-2 causing COVID-19. To date 9th March 2020), there are over 100,000 confirmed cases that have resulted in approximately 3,800 deaths. The majority of cases are in China; however, there are confirmed cases in other countries including Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy, South Korea, Australia, UK, France, Germany and the US. The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared this outbreak a global emergency.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus; a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is an enveloped virus. Enveloped viruses are easier to kill on a surface than non-enveloped viruses.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

In anticipation of questions from our customers regarding the efficacy of our disinfectants as relates to the SARS-CoV-2 virus we are providing the following summary of our disinfectants and their known performance against viruses.

We have not tested our European disinfectants specifically against a Corona virus, which is an enveloped virus but we do have data against non-enveloped viruses. See below. Non-enveloped viruses are significantly harder to kill than enveloped viruses so it would be reasonable to assume that Contec ProChlor and Contec HydroPure will kill SARS-CoV-2.

Should you have specific questions please contact your sales representative for further details and/or guidance.

  • Contec ProChlor Effective against non-enveloped viruses in 1 min. Tested against Poliovirus Sabin Type 1 EN14476 Tested against Adenovirus Type 5 EN 14476
  • Contec HydroPure Effective against non-enveloped viruses in 15 min. Tested against Poliovirus Sabin Type 1 EN14476 Tested against Adenovirus Type 5 EN 14476 

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