MERS – Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) is a newer virus that is being transmitted to humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since been found in other countries including the United States. While the threat here in the U.S. is low, you may want to be aware of the virus.

MERS-CoV is a Coronavirus that affects the respiratory system, presenting as symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. According to the CDC, nearly 40% of those that were infected have died. Only 2 (unrelated) cases have surfaced in the United States–both of these individuals were hospitalized and made full recoveries. It is believed that both individuals contracted the illness while working in a hospital in Saudi Arabia with confirmed cases of MERS.

If you are concerned about exposure, the CDC recommends the following preventative actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, or sharing cups or eating utensils, with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs

Arrow recommended disinfectants are products with kill claims against Coronaviruses, such as #442 – Formula 442 Ready to Use Acid Free Disinfectant Bathroom & Kitchen Cleaner and #253 – Fresh & Clean NutraQuat Disinfectant Cleaner.

For more information on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, visit the CDC Website.



Mold on Fabric

Check out this tablecloth that was sent to us covered in mold stains.
What’s impressive is before we got them, they were washed, scrubbed, washed, scrubbed, dried and ready for the garbage.
This represents soaking in #499 Oxy Power, with NO agitation and an air dry. WOW!

Ebola Virus Prevention

While Ebola Virus is unlikely to reach a pandemic status, we are all wondering on what we can do to prevent the spread and prevent contracting this potentially deadly virus.

Here are a few things we know from the CDC:

  • Avoid direct contact with persons with Ebola Virus symptoms. Healthcare workers should wear protective clothing such as gloves, eye protection and face masks when treating Ebola patients.
  • Ebola Virus is not an airborne virus. It is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person such as vomit and blood. Protect mucous membranes and open wounds from bodily fluids of an infected person.
  • Wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • DISINFECT with an EPA registered disinfectant marked for hospital-use. Ebola virus will not be listed on the label so look for claims for non-enveloped viruses such as Norovirus, Poliovirus, Andenovirus and Rotavirus.

For more information on the Ebola Virus please visit the CDC’s website at:

We are recommending the following disinfectants for Ebola Virus:

#442 – Formula 442 Acid Free Kitchen and Bathroom Disinfectant

#443 – Hang Time Foaming Disinfectant Cleaner

#174 – Disinfectant Wipes

#444 – SuperCide


Enterovirus 68

bigstock-Sick-Woman-Flu-Woman-Caught-Co-39028732The Enterovirus 68 has been confirmed to be here in our backyard. As of late, cases have been confirmed in 27 states including Michigan and other Midwest states. While most cases of infection cause common cold symptoms, in children with asthma or other compromised immune systems it can cause severe respiratory symptoms that can require hospitalization.

There is currently no vaccine for the virus or anti-viral medications that will combat Enterovirus 68.

The CDC recommends the following steps to protect yourselves from Enterovirus 68:

  • Take any asthma medications as directed by your physician and your asthma action plan.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with persons who are sick (hugging, kissing, sharing cups or utensils, etc.)
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces often.

Since the Enterovirus 68 has just recently reemerged, disinfectant claims for this specific virus will be difficult to find. The CDC recommends that a disinfectant that is effective against Norovirus will also be effective against Enterovirus-68.

Please see #442 – Formula 442 and Supercide for combating this virus.

Bleach Disadvantages

Written by: Lynda Harris. Bleach Disadvantages.

My baby boy is getting so big, it seems like just yesterday that he was born and now he is a year old! We had a great summer–watching him interact with the world around him and really start to figure things out. He learned how to walk, say his first words and he’s learning more and more every day…it’s amazing! Sadly, when summer ended, we were going to lose not 1, not 2, but 3 babysitters, all going back to school in the fall. We had to scramble around the last few weeks and ended up deciding on a daycare center.

I’ve heard daycare is a double-edged sword and that I am giving my child the opportunity to socialize with other kids and open lots of doors for learning and language development but I’m also opening up doors to germs and run the risk of him getting sick a lot. After several colds, fevers and even a run-in with pneumonia, I have to wonder…

At our initial interview and tour of the center, the director told me that bleach was the standard “sanitizer solution” at the center and almost every other child care center. This “sanitizer solution” is one tablespoon of (household) bleach per gallon of water. Naturally, knowing about disinfectants and sanitizers, I cringed when I heard this. I personally would NEVER use bleach when a quat-based disinfectant is available. I don’t like that they use bleach, but I get it.

It’s cheap. Or at least they think it is.

There’s one advantage that I listed for you above. That’s the only one I can think of so I’d like to share with you the Disadvantages of Bleach

Mold Clean Up

If you have a mold problem in your home or facility, check out the following facts by the US E.P.A.:

Ten Things You Should Know About Mold

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

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Arrow Chemical Products offers many products to help you get rid of your mold and mildew problems. Check out our disinfectants and our products designed for restrooms, tile & grout!