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    Mar 19, 2020

    posted by: McCall's Supply, Inc.

    Taking Precautionary Measures to Protect Yourself From COVID-19

    Taking Precautionary Measures to Protect Yourself From COVID-19
    three expert tips

    To All Employees:

    All eyes are on the spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus), and we, as distributors, have an especially important task in managing the challenges that arise from the global health crisis. From protecting employees in branches and corporate offices to canceling events and travel. We are monitoring this outbreak and we will keep you updated on any changes that we may feel need to be made to daily operations, within our business.

    Please see the below information to help serve all of us during the outbreak.

    What is Coronavirus?

    Coronavirus (CoV) refers to a 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, also known as 2019-nCoV or the COVID-19 coronavirus, is a novel or new coronavirus that was first identified in humans in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

    ISSA and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, have issued a statement about the COVID-19 coronavirus and will continue to monitor and provide updated information about the outbreak. The association is committed to providing our members and communities with resources on how to clean and disinfect spaces and how to reduce the risk to human health.

    Precautionary Measures

    You can help prevent yourself from getting and spreading the coronavirus–and other respiratory illnesses–by following these steps:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. (Hand-washing: Clean Hands Save Lives) Use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

    “Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspects such as hand washing,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “There is no higher priority for the Trump Administration than protecting the health and safety of Americans. EPA is providing this important information in a public and transparent manner on disinfectant products to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

    Products appearing on EPA’s list registered disinfectant products have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, even in advance of an outbreak, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2. It also allows additional communications intended to inform the public about the utility of these products against the emerging pathogen in the most expeditious manner.

    Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. Consumers using these disinfectants on an enveloped emerging virus should follow the directions for use on the product’s master label, paying close attention to the contact time for the product on the treated surface (i.e., how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface).

    To view the list of EPA-registered disinfectant products, visit www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

    Background:

    EPA’s Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance was developed and finalized in 2016 to allow for a rapid response in the event of an emerging viral pathogen outbreak. It was triggered for the first time ever for SARS-CoV-2 on January 29, 2020. The guidance outlines a voluntary, pre-approval process for making emerging viral pathogens claims. In the event of an outbreak, companies with pre-approved products can make off-label claims (for example in technical literature, non-label-related websites, and social media) for use against the outbreak virus.

    *See attached photo sent from Julie Gaskins, she said that her husband Troy, who works for the City of Johnsonville, says that this product is sprayed just like Lysol or any other disinfectant spray, except in some cases you don’t have to spray but every 24 hours. He said that the states of SC, NC, FL and GA and others are using this product and it is required. Julie states she has put this product to the test under a heat and black light. Troy is part of the SC Hazmat Team and he gets safety and health information all the time. Julie said it can be found at CVS, Dollar General, Hardware stores, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. There can be different color cans, which is only because of a different scent, but it’s all the same thing. Thank you for this information Julie.

    We appreciate your patience, as we work through this process, and we will keep you posted with any updates as we have them. We pray for the safety and health of our employees & their families, our customers & their families and the world during this outbreak.

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