The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging employers to respond with policies, procedures, and trainings to promote the health and wellbeing of employees and their families. Explore our wide range of resources related to this unprecedented and continuously evolving situation, or download your copy of the Employee Benefits COVID-19 Playbook to aid you and your business during these challenging times.
The 2019 novel Coronavirus ("COVID-19" or "Coronavirus") is a virus that is closely related to the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, runny nose, cough and trouble breathing. Most people develop only mild symptoms. But some, usually people with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal. The incubation period for COVID-19 varies between 2 and 14 days.
The virus that causes COVID-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet, or 2 arm lengths). It spreads through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.
Wear masks in public settings when around people not living in your household and particularly where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. For more prevention guidelines, visit How to Protect Yourself & Others on the CDC website.
For a full list of frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html.
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