Coronavirus COVID-19 Technical Update

For more information on the Novel Coronavirus and Stock availability please fill out this form –


We have been inundated in recent days for these and other products and our stocks are constantly changing. At the present time we have no stock of masks available to send to fulfil orders. All mask orders are being back ordered - as stock comes available we are supplying our back ordered customers with the most historic the first to be fulfilled,

With the increasing media coverage and public awareness of the current coronavirus situation lead times have increased for us and where we have been given delivery dates from our manufacturers these have been extended. We are receiving stock directly from manufacturers.

All orders will be reconfirmed to you before shipment. Orders will be allocated on a First Ordered, First to be dispatched basis.


Public Health England (PHE) and World Health Organization (WHO) are closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of  confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally.  These numbers will likely grow given the high amount of travel associated with the Lunar New Year holiday. 

The first cases in the UK was announced on 31st January 2020 and there are ongoing investigations to learn more. This very fluid situation is being evaluated on a daily basis by governments around the world.

It has been confirmed that the virus can spread from human to human although specific routes of transmission (i.e. airborne, direct contact, ingestion, etc.) have yet to be definitively determined.  Common symptoms include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, and a general feeling of being unwell.

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large genus of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Previously identified coronaviruses include SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. The new virus has been named SARS-CoV-2. 

On 31 December 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia of an unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. A novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the cause by Chinese authorities on 7 January.

Though the majority of currently identified cases are in China at present, there have been confirmed cases in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the semi-autonomous region of Macau, Hong Kong, Australia and the United States. Vietnam, Singapore and Saudi Arabia have all reported at least one case of contamination, though the situation is evolving daily.

WHO has advised people on how to protect themselves and those around them from the disease. This includes following hand hygiene recommendations, such as regularly washing hands with soap and water, and sanitising with an alcohol-based hand rub (see point 1).

Using skin and surface disinfectants can also help reduce the spread of the virus from person to person, and from a contaminated surface to a person (see point 2)
Below is a list of our products whose spectrum of efficacy includes the Coronaviridae family.

1) Products proven to be active against vaccinia virus according to EN 14476+A1 (v.2015).
This means their spectrum of efficacy covers enveloped viruses (such as Coronaviruses):

• PURELL® Advanced Hygienic Hand Rub
• PURELL ® VF+ Gel Hygienic Hand Rub
• GOJO® Antimicrobial Plus Foam Handwash
• PURELL® Antimicrobial Wipes Plus

2) Products proven to be active against Norovirus and Adenovirus according to EN 14476+A1 (v.2015).

This means their spectrum of efficacy covers Adenovirus, Norovirus and enveloped viruses such as Coronaviruses:

• PURELL® Surface Sanitising Wipes and Spray

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

NOTE : Respiratory protective devices are only effective when they are properly fitted and worn.

Wash your hands frequently

Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water kills the virus if it is on your hands. 

Practice respiratory hygiene

When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Why? Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevent the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.


Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.

Why? When someone who is infected with a respiratory disease, like 2019-nCoV, coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself. 

More information on this can be found directly on the World Health Orgnisation’s website.


In addition to this, Public Health England (PHE) has stated that:


If you have travelled to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China (or another significantly affected area) in the last two weeks or have been in close contact with someone who has and feel unwell, call NHS 111 for advice now.

Public Health England defines close contact as being within two meters of someone for 15 minutes or more or sharing a room for a prolonged period.

Do NOT go straight to a doctor’s surgery or hospital as, if you have the virus, you risk spreading it to others.

The NHS is asking anyone returning from Wuhan or Hubei Province to “self-quarantine” themselves for two weeks, that is stay away from work and other busy places and take care interacting with others.

This situation is rapidly changing and the public, as well as health care workers are advised to refer to the latest PHE and WHO guidelines for protection guidance.

Information and guidance from PHE and WHO can be found at the following links: