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As reports of Coronavirus continue to dominate headlines, OSHA recently offered information on preventing exposure. 

Coronavirus is a deadly respiratory illness linked to origins in a seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China, according to the CDC. Symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. So far, only eight people in the U.S. have contracted the illness. In China, more than 14,000 people have been affected – 305 of which passed away. 

In OSHA’s online resource, the agency states that most American workers are not at significant risk of infection. The workers who need to take extra precautions are those involved in airline operations, healthcare, and border protection. In China, the virus has been spread from infected patients to healthcare workers. 

All workers are advised to take these health precautions, similar to flu prevention: wash hands with soap and water, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

In the notice, OSHA outlined recommended precautions for different occupations: 

Healthcare Workers

  • Until more is known about how the virus spreads, CDC and OSHA recommend using a combination of standard, contact, and airborne precautions (including wearing gowns, gloves, NIOSH-certified disposable N95 or better respirators, and eye/face protection) to protect workers with exposure to the virus.
  • The CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) both published a list of interim infection control recommendations when the Coronavirus is suspected. 

Clinical Laboratory Workers

Airline Workers & Border Protection Workers

Waste Management Workers

While Coronavirus still remains a distant threat, employers should keep themselves aware of any new developments and requirements that arise. Both www.osha.gov and www.cdc.gov have the latest news updates. 

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