Technical Bulletin on 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) from SC Johnson Professional

October 2020

2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2)


On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) was identified as the causative virus by Chinese authorities on January 7, 2020.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are ‘enveloped viruses’ belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae 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).

2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses 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
    • airborne transmission, which is small droplets that remain in the air longer (minutes to hours) than larger droplets from close contact coughing and sneezing
    • fecal contamination


There are currently no vaccines available to protect against human coronavirus infection. The CDC and WHO provide recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses, which include hand and respiratory hygiene and safe food practices as follows:

  •  Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  •  When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
  • People 2 years of age and older should wear a mask in public and when around people who don’t live in their household
  •  If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices

Proper Hand Hygiene

As a refresher on proper hand-washing technique using soap and water, please reference our hand washing video. To see SC Johnson Professional hand wash and hand sanitizer options visit our website.

Our hand wash and hand sanitizer products are marketed for human hygiene purposes only and while hand hygiene is one of many effective tools needed in the battle against the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the use of our products does not prevent or treat COVID-19 disease or provide any medicinal effects or benefits to the user.

EPA Guidance for Surface Disinfection

The products listed below can be used against 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) on hard, non-porous surfaces following the label directions for disinfection and the contact time listed below for the stated virus. Refer to the CDC website for additional information.

SKU # Product Name EPA Reg. # Stated Virus (Contact Time)

These products have been approved by the EPA to kill 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) on hard, non-porous surfaces.


TruShot® Disinfectant Cleaner – Restroom Cleaner and Disinfectant


SARS-CoV-2 (3 minutes)


TruShot® Disinfectant Cleaner – For Hospitals


SARS-CoV-2 (3 minutes)


Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner


SARS-CoV-2 (3 minutes)

311930 &
311836 / 10054600000325

fantastik® Multi-Surface Disinfectant Degreaser


SARS-CoV-2 (5 minutes)

313358 / 10025700004766

Scrubbing Bubbles® Disinfectant Restroom Cleaner


SARS-CoV-2 (5 minutes)

These products have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) on hard, non-porous surfaces.

682265 &

682266 / 10019800707689

Windex® Multi-Surface Disinfectant Sanitizer Cleaner


Rhinovirus Type 37

(5 minutes)

SC Johnson Professional is aware of the US EPA’s Emerging Pathogen policy as it relates to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) and has submitted applications to US EPA for the qualifying products. We will communicate EPA’s approval of our applications upon receipt.

You can learn more about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) outbreak at CDC and WHO websites.

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