Coronavirus Disease 2019
(COVID-19)

On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19. The virus itself has been designated SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.

What is Coronavirus?

According to the World Health Organization, 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).

What is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, formerly known as 2019-nCoV and now known as SARS-CoV-2, 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 the Novel Coronavirus, but there are indications that person-to-person spread is occurring.

Know the Symptoms

According to the CDC, patients with confirmed infections have reported mild to severe respiratory illnesses with symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath.

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.

How Coronavirus is Spread

The CDC states that coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • • the air by coughing and sneezing
  • • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • • touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.
  • • rarely, fecal contamination.

Currently, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably the Novel Coronavirus is spreading between people. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with the Novel Coronavirus and investigations are ongoing.

Prevent Infection. Fight The Virus!

Wash your hands!

Follow proper hand hygiene guidelines.

80% of germs are passed on by our hands. Keep wash-rooms equipped with high-quality soaps and dispensers and keep hand sanitizer or wipes out in public areas.

Clean and disinfect surfaces.

Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.

Sanitize desks, countertops, keyboards, doorknobs and other high-touch surfaces throughout the day with a registered disinfectant.

Be aware of risks.

Be aware of risks.

Ask employees and coworkers to avoid sharing food and drinks, to cover their mouths with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and to throw away tissues after each use. Keep facilities clean.

Stay home when sick.

Take time off.

Encourage staff and co-workers to stay home when sick. Stop the spread of infection.

Resist touching your face.

Do not touch.

No touching eyes, nose, or mouth. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces.

Tune in for the latest alerts.

Tune in.

Monitor advice and news from public health agencies and government sources like the cdc.gov

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