NOVEL CORONAVIRUS: INTRODUCTION

Sani Professional has been monitoring the COVID-19 epidemic (SARS-CoV-2 virus), previously identified as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), to provide you the most current information to help manage this outbreak.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus still has not been made readily available by the CDC for testing. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we will continue to monitor the CDC website and resources for updates and further guidance. In the meantime, we recommend that the general public continues to observe good personal hygiene practices, including hand washing, respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette, as well as surface disinfection using an EPA-registered product.

We will provide you with updates as they become available.

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS: GENERAL INFORMATION

1. WHAT IS NOVEL CORONAVIRUS?

The novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 virus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is not the same strain as the common human coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause respiratory tract illnesses, with symptoms similar to the common cold. Call your healthcare provider immediately if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or develop symptoms of respiratory illness.

Viruses, in general, tend to be transmitted from person to person and from commonly or frequently touched surfaces, especially in public environments.

2. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS AND COMPLICATIONS THAT COVID-19 CAN CAUSE?

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.

3. HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT MYSELF?

Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.

4. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS AND COMPLICATIONS THAT COVID-19 CAN CAUSE?

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.

5. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS I NEED TO WATCH FOR?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*

  1. Fever
  2. Cough
  3. Shortness of breath

*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.

Read about Covid-19 Symptoms

6. HOW CAN I PREVENT COVID-19 SPREADING IN MY COMMUNITY?

Protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like coronavirus disease 2019. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy. Read about Cleaning and disinfection recommendations.

7. WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK

Call your doctor: If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Follow these steps if you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected.

8. WHAT IS THE CDC DOING ABOUT COVID-19?

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available. CDC works 24/7 to protect people’s health. More information about CDC’s response to COVID-19 is available online.

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: OPERATORS OF FOODSERVICE AND JANSAN

1. AS A FOODSERVICE or JANSAN OPERATOR, HOW DO WE BEST PREVENT AGAINST NOVEL CORONOVIRUS?

CDC Guidance3 contains information around the use of surface disinfection products in community and faith-based organizations that focus on community, non-healthcare facilities. This guidance, therefore, would cover restaurants and food service establishments.  For these types of situations, the CDC recommends the following:

2. WHAT PREVENTIVE MEASURES CAN WE DO FOR EXTRA PRECAUTION DURING THIS OUTBREAK?

For preventive purposes we recommend the following measures be adopted in foodservice and janitorial/sanitization settings:

    1. Routine cleaning and disinfection procedures (e.g., using cleaners and water to pre-clean surfaces prior to applying an EPA-registered disinfectant to frequently touched surfaces or objects for appropriate contact times as indicated on the product’s label)
    2. Enforce washing with soap and water among your staff. Below are key guidelines for Proper Handwashing.
      • Where to Wash Hands: Hands must be washed in a sink designated for handwashing. Never wash hands in sinks designated for food prep, dishwashing or utility services.
      • How to Wash Hands: To wash hands correctly, follow the steps below. The whole process should take at least 20 seconds:
        1. Wet hands and arms. Use running water as hot as you can comfortably stand. It should be at least 100°F (38°C)
        2. Apply soap. Apply enough to build up a good lather.
        3. Scrub hands and arms vigorously. Scrub them for 10 to 15 seconds. Clean under fingernails and between fingers.
        4. Rinse hands and arms thoroughly. Use running warm water.
        5. Dry hands and arms. Use a single-use paper towel or a hand dryer.

If you are not careful, you can contaminate your hands after washing them.

      • Consider using a paper towel to turn off the faucet and to open the door the door when leaving the restroom.
      • Implement additional protection by using a hand sanitizer (gel or wipe) upon returning to your tasks.

Sani Professional offers the following disposable, instant hand sanitizing wipes, which are alcohol-based products that are instant sanitizers.

Sani Professional Product NameReorder No.Product Description
Sani Professional Instant Hand Sanitizing WipesP920846/300’s
Sani Professional Instant Hand Sanitizing WipesP4357212/150’s
Sani Professional Instant Hand Sanitizing WipesD333333000/1
    • Continue to implement proper cleaning and sanitization procedures for both front and back of house surfaces. Outbreak or no outbreak, the importance of breaking the chain of cross-contamination in foodservice is critical as foodborne illness can be severe and outbreaks continue year after year.
    • Below are the Cleaning and No-Rinse Sanitizing Products being offered by Sani Professional:
Sani Professional Product NameReorder No.Product Description
Sani Professional No-Rinse Sanitizing WipesM3047212/72’s
Sani Professional No-Rinse Sanitizing WipesP567846/95’s
Sani Professional No-Rinse Sanitizing WipesP667846/175’s
Sani Professional Cleaning WipesA580FW12/90’s
Sani Professional Cleaning WipesA972FW20/75’s
Sani Professional Cleaning/Degreasing WipesP0432P2/100’s
  • Below is the Disinfecting Wipe on the EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 being offered by Sani Professional:
Sani Professional Product NameReorder No.Product Description
Sani Professional Disinfecting WipesP228846/200’s

3. CAN A DISINFECTING WIPE BE USED ON FOOD CONTACT SURFACES?

Yes, a disinfecting wipe can be used on food contact surfaces, but the food contact surface requires rinsing after disinfection. Below is the proper protocol when using Sani Professional Disinfecting Wipes on food contact surfaces:

  1. Use a wipe to thoroughly wet the surface.**
  2. Treated surface must remain visibly wet for a full three (3) minutes.
  3. A thorough rinse with potable water is required for surfaces in direct contact with food.

**If the surface is heavily soiled, please use a wipe to remove heavy soil, then use a new wipe to treat the surface. Please refer to the label for full instructions.

4. ARE YOU HAVING ANY INTERRUPTION WITH SUPPLYING PRODUCTS TO YOUR CUSTOMERS?

We are currently receiving unusually high demand due to the COVID-19 situation. Please contact your Sani Professional rep / Customer Care Rep. Know that our goal is to provide you with your needs. If we are unable to fully satisfy your requirements, we might recommend similar items, if available, for your consideration.

5. DO YOU SOURCE ANY OF YOUR PRODUCTS FROM OVERSEAS?

  • All of our pre-moistened, disposable wipe products are made in the United States.
  • We use materials that are sourced internationally but source similar items from US vendors as well.

SANI PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS ON LIST N: DISINFECTANTS FOR USE AGAINST SARS-CoV-2

Sani Professional has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic (SARS-CoV-2) to provide you the most current information to help manage this outbreak. On March 13, 2020, the CDC updated their recommendations to refer to List N on the EPA website for EPA-registered disinfectants that have qualified under EPA’s emerging viral pathogens program for use against SARS-CoV-2. Per the EPA’s website, “List N includes products that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.  This list includes products with emerging viral pathogen claims and those with human coronavirus claims.”

As of March 13, the following Sani Professional products can be found on List N entitled Products with Emerging Viral Pathogens and Human Coronavirus claims for use against SARS-CoV-2:

Sani Professional Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes (EPA #9480-5)

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