As reported and monitored by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and many other agencies, the 2019 novel coronavirus, otherwise known as 2019-nCoV, is a growing international health crisis. Affecting 24 countries – including China and other Asian regions, Europe and North America, health professionals and authorities must constantly assess risk for potential exposures and implement public health actions.
To help provide communication on the global health emergency, TargetSolutions’ Community Resources features important information about 2019-nCoV, providing health and safety professionals with the ability to access and share related files with departments and organizations across the country.
Background and Current Status of 2019 Novel Coronavirus
This new strain of the coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China. Since then, China reported tens of thousands of cases of the respiratory infection and so far has confirmed 812 deaths in China (and 1 death outside of China). On January 30th, the United States confirmed its first case of the illness.
The CDC reports the infection is spread mainly via respiratory droplets from an ill person that infects another person through contact of the mouth, nose, eyes or is inhaled into the lungs. Researchers are still working to determine if a person can also get the virus via contact with a contaminated surface.
Guidance for the interim for US public health authorities suggest active monitoring, isolation and quarantine of potentially infected individuals.
Resources for Coronavirus in TargetSolutions Community Resources
Searching for “coronavirus” in TargetSolutions’ Community Resources center will bring up numerous valuable documents, presentations and other files for public safety professionals. These resources were collected by agencies from across the nation and are available to anyone to read, comment and engage with.
Resources related to the 2019-nCoV address important topics such as surveillance of possibly infected individuals and safe transportation procedures of sick personnel. By utilizing Community Resources, departments can help improve their member’s understanding of the coronavirus outbreak and ensure their sources of information are coming from a secure, centralized location.
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