What to Know About COVID-19, or Novel Coronavirus

What Is COVID-19, or Novel Human Coronavirus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 is a new coronavirus that is the virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). It is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.1


What are the best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19?

According to the CDC, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases include:4

Know how it spreads.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover cough and sneezes.
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Monitor Your Health: Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19 and take your temperature if symptoms develop.

Do Microban 24 products kill SARS-CoV-2?

Microban Covid19 Cleaners

The EPA created the emerging viral pathogens policy to allow industry to protect consumers in the case of new organism outbreaks like SARS-CoV-2, SARS or MERS. EPA recognizes that in the event of an emerging viral pathogen, the strain is likely not available for testing and that existing disinfectants will not have the specific virus on the label but utilizes the microbial hierarchy to determine which type of viral pathogen must be pre-approved to enable off-pack communication on the emerging pathogen.

In accordance with the EPA Emerging Viral Pathogen policy, the “Protection that Lives on Microban 24 Hour Keeps Killing 99.9% of Bacteria for Up to 24 Hours Multipurpose Cleaner” (Microban 24 Hour Multi-Purpose Cleaner), the “Protection that Lives on Microban 24 Hour Keeps Killing 99.9% of Bacteria for Up to 24 Hours Bathroom Cleaner” (Microban 24 hour Bathroom Cleaner), AND “Protection that Lives on Microban 24 Hour Keeps Killing 99.9% of Bacteria for Up to 24 Hours Sanitizing Spray” (Microban 24 Hour Sanitizing Spray) have all demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to 2019 Novel Coronavirus on hard non-porous surfaces. Therefore, Microban 24 Hour Multipurpose Cleaner, Microban 24 Hour Bathroom Cleaner, and Microban 24 Hour Sanitizing Spray can be used against 2019 Novel Coronavirus when used as a disinfectant in accordance with the directions for use against Rotavirus on hard nonporous surfaces.

Microban 24 does not provide 24-hour residual protection against any viruses.


Microban 24 Disinfection Instructions Against Rotavirus*:

Pre-clean heavily soiled hard, non-porous surfaces
Hold container 6-8” from hard, non-porous surface and spray until thoroughly wet
Let stand 5 minutes
Then wipe with a cloth

*Following the disinfecting instructions will not provide 24-hour residual protection against bacteria. To sanitize for 24 hours against Enterobacter aerogenes and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria for 24 hours, you must follow the directions for sanitizing for 24 hours.

Why is Microban 24 not listed on the EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products list?

The EPA issued guidance outlining EPA’s registered antimicrobial products for use against SARS-CoV-2.3 Microban 24 Hour Multi-Purpose Cleaner (EPA registration #4091-21-3573) and Microban 24 Hour Bathroom Cleaner (EPA registration #4091-22-3573), and Microban 24 Hour Sanitizing Spray (EPA registration #4091-20-3573) are all included on the EPA list of acceptable products. However, given the EPA list is based off the registration and not Brand, they appear on the list as Condor 2, Raptor 5, and Phoenix 2 respectively. On this registered list, all Microban 24 Hour products appear registered to WM Barr, P&G’s technology partner in this latest innovation.

The American Chemistry Council’s Center for Biocide Chemistries also published a list of over 100 products that are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be used against viruses like SARS-CoV-2. Microban 24 Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Microban 24 Bathroom Cleaner, and Microban 24 Sanitizing Spray were all included on that list.2


Directions for use of Microban 24 to disinfect*:

disinfecting does not provide 24-hour residual protection against any viruses.


Microban 24 Multi-Purpose Cleaner
  • Pre-clean heavily soiled hard, non-porous surfaces
  • Hold container 6-8” from hard, non-porous surface and spray until thoroughly wet
  • To kill bacteria and cold and flu viruses: let stand 5 minutes
  • Then wipe with a cloth

Microban 24 Bathroom Cleaner
  • Pre-clean heavily soiled hard, non-porous surfaces
  • Hold container 6-8” from hard, non-porous surface and spray until thoroughly wet
  • To kill bacteria and cold and flu viruses: let stand for 5 minutes
  • Then wipe with a cloth

Microban 24 Sanitizing Spray
  • Pre-clean surface
  • Hold container 6-8” from hard, non-porous surface and spray until thoroughly wet
  • To kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi: let stand for 5 minutes
  • Then wipe with a cloth

Where can I get more information on COVID-19?