A novel coronavirus now known as COVID-19 has impacted tens of thousands of individuals all over the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus that causes COVID-19 is different from the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause illnesses like the common cold.
The disease has been particularly devastating in China, where it has severely impacted the economy in just a few short weeks. Companies that rely on Chinese manufacturers or suppliers are starting to plan for shortages and delays.
What is COVID-19?
The CDC reports that confirmed COVID-19 cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. At this time, the CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as fourteen days after exposure.
Current understanding about how the virus is spread is based on what is known about similar viruses. The main transference is thought to be from person-to-person, between people who are within about six feet of one another. The disease may be spread by respiratory droplets from an infected person’s coughs and sneezes. It is also possible that the virus may be contracted from touching a surface that ha the virus on it, but this is not considered to be the main way the virus spreads.
How to Prevent COVID-19
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to avoid getting sick is to avoid exposure to the virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of diseases, including:
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Staying home if you are ill.
- Avoiding close contact with individuals who are sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
While facemasks have recently been seeing a surge in demand, they are not recommended for protection from respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. These masks should be used by people who have symptoms as well as health care workers and caretakers to help prevent the spread of the virus.
You can learn more about coronavirus and COVID-19 and see guidance for businesses and employers here.
Stay healthy and take care!
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