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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Everything you need to know

Formerly known as ‘2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV),’ this is an emerging disesease caused by a viral strain similar to those that cause ‘Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)’ and the 2003 SARS coronavirus.

Prevention over treatment

There’s no specific treatment for coronavirus, which means prevention is vital. We can’t treat the infection, but we can kill the virus.

What is 'COVID-19?'

COVID-19 is the new official name for the disease caused by the coronavirus first described in Wuhan, China. The name comes from (COronaVIrus Disease 2019). This novel coronavirus causes symptoms very similar to pneumonia. Unfortunately, because it's caused by a virus, it can't be treated by antibiotics.

The virus itself has been named SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2), because of genetic similarities to the virus that caused SARS in 2003.

Previously, it's been known as both ‘Wuhan novel coronavirus (WN-CoV)’ and ‘2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).’

How does it spread?

We know this new strain of coronavirus spreads from human to human. Like other coronaviruses, evidence suggests that it spreads through a mix of direct contact and via droplets released when coughing and sneezing. Although reports now suggest that transmission might happen even if the infected person doesn't have any symptoms.

Coronavirus contaminates surfaces

We know that infectious human coronaviruses are found in our everyday environments. If the conditions are right, they can persist for days!

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Clinell products kill coronavirus

Our Clinell Universal and Clinell Sporicidal Wipes are proven to kill coronavirus in 60 seconds. They're tested against virulent human coronavirus, not surrogates.

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What can we do?

We're learning lessons from previous coronavirus outbreaks, such as SARS and MERS-CoV


Use a disposable tissue

Respiratory hygiene

Always use a disposable tissue when sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose. Bin it as soon as possible and kill or remove the virus by cleaning your hands.


Keep hands clean

Hand hygiene

Especially before eating, before preparing food and after coughing, sneezing or using tissues. Soap and water is the gold-standard but use alcohol gel if you can't get to a sink.


Make surfaces safe

Surface hygiene

Decontaminate surfaces regularly using an agent with proven efficacy against coronavirus. Public Health England recommends decontaminating the whole patient area at least once per day.

Which GAMA products kill coronavirus?

Good hand and surface hygiene means we need products with proven efficacy. These Clinell wipes are proven by accredited, third-party labs to be effective against coronavirus.

Compatibility Universal

Clinell Universal Wipes

Make surfaces safe. Our Clinell Universal Wipes are proven effective against virulent human coronavirus.

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Compatibility Sporicidal

Clinell Sporicidal Wipes

Our Clinell Sporicidal Wipes are fully virucidal. Proven effective against coronavirus in just 1 minute.

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Clinell Antimicrobial Hand Wipes

Proven to be as effective as soap and water. Effective disinfection against coronavirus.

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