The first case of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has been confirmed in New York State. This brief Q&A provides some basics about the illness, and what you need to know as an employer:
What is coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a new respiratory virus that originated in Wuhan, China. The virus is contagious and potentially fatal. It is suspected that it is transmitted through coughing and sneezing by infected individuals. At the present time, there is no vaccine, cure or specific treatment.
How is coronavirus spread?
Health authorities have not confirmed how coronavirusis transmitted but suspect it is spread person-to-person. There is also evidence that the virus has been spread by animal sources, including individuals with links to seafood or animal markets. They do not believe you can get it from air, water or food.