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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): General Guidance for Businesses and Non-Health Care Settings

March 13, 2020
This document provides businesses and other non-health care settings with recommendations on how to help mitigate person-to-person transmission of COVID-19. This guidance may be updated as the situation is rapidly changing and new information becomes available.
2019 Novel Coronavirus Health officials are still learning about the spread and severity of a novel (new) coronavirus. The infection, called COVID-19, can be spread from person to person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Separate Facts From Fear and Guard Against Stigma

A lot of information about coronavirus on social media and even in some news reports is not based on facts. Leaders in non-health care settings can help prevent the stigmatization or targeting of one group of people by proactively sharing the messages found in this document. The outbreak is absolutely no excuse to spread racism and discrimination. Leaders should encourage that staff stay informed, remain vigilant and take care of each other.


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