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.
What you can do to protect yourself and others:
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:
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.