COVID-19, commonly referred to as the Coronavirus, is a new disease being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is so new that the CDCP is still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may continue to spread in the United States.
How It Spreads
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
Some spread might be possible before people show any symptoms of actually being sick, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Can you catch it from infected surfaces, seatbelt latches, and door handles?
It is possible to become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. The virus can live for up to 48-hours on handrails, seatbelt latches, and handles. However, this is not thought to be the main way this virus spreads.
How easily the virus spreads
The spread varies from person to person based upon overall health and genetics. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainable in communities (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.
What is Community Spread?
It means people have been infected with the virus in their community, even if they have not recently traveled anywhere.
Symptoms will appear two to 14 days after exposure and can range from mild to severe. Watch for:
- Shortness of breath
How To Protect Your Employees And Clients
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Here’s what you, your employees, and your clients can do to avoid spreading the virus, according to the CDC.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Avoid shaking hands with your passengers.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask: