Understanding Coronavirus: How to Prevent the Spread

By Lysol
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It is very important to continue practicing healthy habits and the latest COVID-19 developments. While children are at home practicing social distancing, Lysol® and National PTA encourage families to practice every day healthy habits to help prevent the spread of illness.

Lysol® works closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to educate families on healthy habits to prevent the spread of germs that can cause illness.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The spread of COVID-19 occurs mainly from person-to-person, either between people who are in close contact with one another or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

The virus can also spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects and then touching your own mouth, nose or possibly eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The duration and severity of each pandemic phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

How to Prevent the Spread

Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, Lysol® and the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. Social distancing is key.

Does Lysol® kill the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)?

Also to prevent the spread, the CDC recommends to clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, remote controls, toilets, faucets and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

The EPA has established a list of disinfectants (List N) that meet their criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. The following Lysol products are those that meet

either the EPA Viral Emerging Pathogen Policy or have human coronavirus claims.

Disinfectant Sprays

  • Lysol® Disinfectant Spray – EPA #777-99
  • Lysol® Disinfectant Spray Max Cover Mist – EPA #777-127
  • Lysol® Neutra Air 2-in-1 – EPA #777-136
  • Lysol® IC Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner – EPA #47371-129-675

Disinfecting Wipes

  • Lysol® Disinfecting Wipe – EPA #777-114

Multi-Purpose Cleaners

  • Lysol® All Purpose Cleaner – EPA #777-66
  • Lysol® Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Hydrogen Peroxide – EPA #777-126
  • Lysol® Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Bleach – EPA #777-83
  • Lysol® Kitchen Pro Antibacterial Cleaner – EPA #777-91
  • Lysol® Multi-Surface Cleaner Pourable – EPA #777-89
  • Professional Lysol® Heavy Duty Bathroom Cleaner – EPA #675-54

Bathroom Cleaners

  • Lysol® Power Bathroom Cleaner – EPA #675-55
  • Lysol® Power Foam Bathroom Cleaner – EPA #777-71
  • Lysol® Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner – EPA #777-81
  • Lysol® Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach – EPA #777-102


  • Lysol® Laundry Sanitizer (in laundry pre-soak) – EPA #777-128

Download the Lysol Understanding Coronavirus info sheet for more info.

Lysol is a proud national sponsor of PTA. 

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