Occupational Safety and Health Administration Quick Facts

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Quick Facts

  • Existing OSHA standards apply to protecting workers from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
  • Signs and symptoms of infection with COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Some people who get the COVID-19 may experience only mild illness. However, the virus can also cause pneumonia, which may be severe.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
  • It is likely that some person-to-person spread will continue to occur.
  • CDC issued a warning notice to avoid all non-essential travel to China. CDC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have implemented enhanced health screenings to detect travelers with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing when entering the United States.


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