Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a highly contagious respiratory illness. These guidelines provided by the CDC and other trusted sources may help prevent the spread of this illness.
The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person
It may also be possible to get the virus after touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth or nose.
For confirmed coronavirus cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
The most common symptoms reported include:
Other symptoms you may experience are:
Older adults (age 65 and older) and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from the coronavirus illness.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Follow these five steps every time you wash your hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched work surfaces daily, especially surfaces that may be touched by other people or may be near to others during the course of the workday. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, work benches, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, tools and equipment.
To disinfect, most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
Cleaning removes germs and dirt from surfaces. You can use soap and water to clean surfaces. This doesn't always kill germs, but removing them lowers their numbers. It's suggested to clean surfaces before you disinfect them.
Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces. Disinfectant chemicals are stronger than soap but do not necessarily clean visibly dirty surfaces or remove germs. Killing germs lowers the risk of infection. To properly disinfect, products need to remain on a surface for a specific amount of time -- usually 3 to 5 minutes.
Practice social distancing. Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Employees who appear to have symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath should contact their supervisor and stay at home.
Employees who begin to develop symptoms or feel ill during the course of the work day should separate themselves from the work environment immediately and contact their supervisor.
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
If you develop emergency warning signs for coronavirus get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs may include:
If you become infected, or believe you might be infected, with the coronavirus,
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