The fight Against Coronavirus

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large 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). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.


The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. It’s important to note that how easily a virus spreads person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious, while other viruses are less so. Investigations are ongoing to better understand the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19, but there are indications that person-to-person spread is occurring. 


According to the Journal of Hospital Infection research of different coronaviruses showed that the viruses can stay active and remain infectious of room temperature on surfaces for up to nine days.  


Zoono is confident that it is extremely well positioned to be part of the solution to both coronavirus and other new virus threats. The Zoono technology, particularly its longevity and mode of action, delivers an ideal solution.

Our Microbe Shield Surface Sanitiser was successfully tested in 2014 against bovine coronavirus (a surrogate recognised by the World Health Organization for other members of the coronaviridae family, including the MERS virus (CoV-MERS). Test results confirmed a 99.99% efficacy in five minutes.

Both our Microbe Shield Surface Sanitiser and Hand Sanitiser products were recently sent to a German laboratory for testing against the latest Chinese strain of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This strain of the coronavirus has not previously been available for testing. Given the successful test results in 2014 and since, Zoono is very confident that both products will achieve similar efficacy, as Zoono brands contain the same active technology. Results from testing against the current coronavirus strain are expected in the next four to six weeks.

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