Coronavirus COVID-19: Facts and prevention tips

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Washing your hands remains the top preventative choice by doctors to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, but some wonder if common household cleaners work as well.

8 News NOW’s Cristen Drummond discusses the effectiveness of household products, like Clorox and Lysol.

Both brands claim 99. 9 percent effectiveness against viruses and bacteria, including “human coronavirus”, according to the back of the labels.

That does not include the current strain of coronavirus, now labeled as COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control lists seven types of human coronavirus including SARS. COVID-19 is most similar to that strain.

Household products prove effective killing SARS, but it’s not known if COVID-19 reacts the same way to disinfectants.

A doctor tells 8 News NOW testing is currently underway. Watch the full interview here.

Close contact with people remains the most common way to spread the virus, but it’s suspected you can also get sick by touching contaminated surfaces or objects.

Many wonder how long the virus can potentially stay on a surface.

“It might be around a week, but it just depends because obviously right now we’re still learning more and more about the virus,” said Dr. Christina Madison, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice with Roseman University of Health Sciences.

Doctors recommend to wipe or spray surfaces regularly. Of course, its not all foolproof protection from germs.

Using hand sanitizer can also help if you can’t wash your hands right away. Doctors say to find a product with alcohol in it.

Let us know how you are protecting yourself or what preventative measures you are currently taking on our 8 News NOW Facebook poll.

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