Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). In 2019, a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak in China. Other respiratory illnesses, like seasonal influenza, are currently widespread in many U.S. communities.
Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in a growing number of countries. U.S. public health groups, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are monitoring the situation and posting updates on their websites. These groups have also issued recommendations for preventing and treating the illness.
The CDC offers posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene which can be posted at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the CDC will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available.