Empowered and Informed

Reducing the Risk of Coronavirus Exposure and Spread

The fear of coronavirus is spreading—almost as fast as the sickness itself. Conney Safety is closely monitoring the outbreak as it evolves, while supplying virus protection solutions to our clients nationwide. Along with The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA, we are recommending specific transmission prevention practices and information resources.

About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov)

2019 Novel Coronavirus is part of a large family of respiratory viruses common in a variety of animal species, including camels, cattle, cats and bats. In rare instances, animals can infect humans, who then spread the infection from person-to-person. This was also the case with MERS and SARS.

Chinese health officials have reported thousands of coronavirus infections since it was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The virus spreading from person-to-person in many parts of China and outside of China. The United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread on January 30, 2020. There is currently no evidence of widespread transmission in the US.
Person-to-person spread of the virus occurs mainly through coughs and sneezes—similar to influenza. It is unclear whether a person can get coronavirus by touching contaminated surfaces or objects, and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.
Coronavirus patients report a mild to severe respiratory illness, along with the following symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
After exposure, symptoms may appear as early as two days later, and last as long as 14 days. If you have been to China within the past two weeks and develop symptoms, contact your doctor.
To prevent and reduce coronavirus transmission, Conney Safety, OSHA, the CDC, and the National Safety Council urge you to take these preventive steps—especially if you work in healthcare, international travel or waste management.

Protect Your Workers

What you can do to protect yourself and others:

    • Avoid close contact with sick people
    • Wash your hands often using soap and water
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important if hands are visibly dirty, before eating, and after bathroom visits, coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
    • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve
    • Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands

Already sick?

    • Stay home and limit in-person contact with others.
    • Contact a doctor immediately if you have:
      • Fever
      • Cough
      • Difficulty Breathing

Contacting your doctor is especially important if you have traveled to China or were in close contact with an infected person within the past 14 days.

Follow CDC recommendations for facemask usage:

    • If you are well, there is no need to wear a facemask for protection.
    • Do wear a facemask if you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms (fever, cough, and difficulty breathing). This will help protect others from infection.
    • Health workers and those caring for people in close settings (such as in-home care or in a health care facility) should also wear facemasks

Inform your employer immediately if you have been to China or other highly infected areas within the past 14 days.
Stay informed. The CDC updates its website daily with the latest coronavirus transmission and prevention information.