Coronavirus Preparedness

Coronavirus Preparedness
Coronavirus illustration by the CDC
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now been detected in 32 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.

To review the latest on this disease from the CDC including a situational summary, a basic understanding of the disease, it's symptoms, how it spreads, and how to protect yourself, CLICK HERE.

To view the CDC's Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), February 2020, CLICK HERE.

To understand the OSHA guidelines related to this disease, CLICK HERE.

If you would like OnSite Health to help you and your business with temperature monitoring and COVID-19 testing or preparing an Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan, CLICK HERE.