Important Information for Healthcare Facilities, Schools, & Retail Stores
As COVID-19 continues to spread in the U.S., it’s important to stay informed about the latest preventative measures, community guidelines, and safety recommendations.
Preparing Your Facility for Reopening During COVID-19
Buckeye provides the products and programs you need in place for overall well-being and safety. From hand hygiene programs, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting programs, and antimicrobial product floor protection to training and support materials, we are committed to helping you meet the highest cleanliness and preparedness standards.
On Dec 27, 2020, the COVID-19 Relief Package was signed into law, providing additional financial assistance to K-12 schools. This funding can be used towards cleaning supplies and programs, staff training, and other resources needed to address coronavirus in schools.
Keeping schools clean during the COVID-19 pandemic remains a top priority in 2021. The CDC has released guidance for reopening K-12 schools safely and as soon as possible so students have access to the benefits of in-person learning and other support services. This guidance outlines mitigation and community monitoring strategies. The CDC also offers a toolkit school administrators can use to create their own cleaning and disinfecting plan.
For downloadable PDFs for your facility, click here. For more information, choose from one of the options below.
What are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals. They rarely infect or spread between people, however this strain of the virus may be spreading at a much steadier rate, similar to the way the flu spreads.
Viruses are constantly mutating, creating new variants over time. New variants of the virus that cause COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and across the world. In some cases, variants can spread quickly, leading to more cases of COVID-19. However, current studies suggest authorized vaccines are able to generate antibodies that recognize these variants.
How are coronaviruses spread?
COVID-19 can be spread through the air, close personal contact, or by touching surfaces that carry the virus.2 Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear up to 14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
Reported cases of COVID-19 range from mild to severe. Most deaths related to the virus have been linked to older adults with existing health conditions.
EPA Approved Products
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved several Buckeye products for use against SARS-Related Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)[cause of COVID-19].
Buckeye Terminator and Buckeye Eco One-Step Disinfectant-Deodorizer-Cleaner E22 have been approved with a three-minute contact time. Terminator requires a 2 oz.gal. dilution rate. Eco One-Step Disinfectant-Deodorizer-Cleaner E22 requires a 1/2 oz./gal. dilution rate.
Buckeye Sanicare Disinfecting Wipes have been approved for use against SARS-CoV-2 with a four-minute contact time.
Buckeye Sanicare TBX has been approved for use against SARS-CoV-2 with a one-minute contact time.
EPA Pre-Approved Products
Several other Buckeye products have also been pre-approved for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens and can be used during the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. View the comprehensive list, compiled by the American Chemistry Council. 7
Every effort is being made to meet the increased demand for disinfectants and hand hygiene related products. Buckeye offers Symmetry® hand hygiene products, Buckeye disinfectants, and Clarion® 25 Microban Antimicrobial Floor Finish to help fight the spread of germs and bacteria.
Buckeye takes SARS-CoV-2 and resulting COVID-19 seriously and continues to take a proactive approach in our effort to prevent illness. Buckeye programs strive to educate the public on the importance of best cleaning, disinfecting, and hand hygiene practices.
We will continue to support our partners and customers, to the best of our ability, as the situation develops. Find the latest news about COVID-19 at:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 OR https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
A recent study has shown that SARS-CoV-2 can live up to four hours on copper, 24 hours on cardboard, and up to three days on plastic and stainless steel.3 Studies are ongoing and some research suggests SARS-CoV-2 can live on surfaces for up to 17 days.4 Currently, there are no vaccines to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure.
There are now several vaccines that have been authorized for use against COVID-19. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures each vaccine is as safe as possible. The CDC has developed a new tool v-safe to monitor and detect issues with COVID-19 vaccines.
Because there is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine available, the CDC recommends the vaccine should be available to those with a higher risk first. Though the vaccine may cause side effects, it will not make you sick with COVID-19. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures all vaccines are as safe as possible.
Health experts across the world are recommending social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. Social distancing involves intentionally increasing the physical space between people to decrease a person's chances of spreading illness. Experts recommend staying at least six feet away from others to help lessen your chances of catching COVID-19.5
Masks are Recommended
Because COVID-19 spreads among people who are in close contact with one another, the CDC recommends wearing masks to help protect those around you. Studies show masks reduce the spray of respiratory droplets when they are worn over the nose and mouth. Masks are recommended if you are unable to stay 6 feet away from others, especially if you are in an indoor setting.
CDC recommendations for helping to reduce the spread of germs:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.6