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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information for Businesses
Many business organizations within New Hampshire are concerned about how the current outbreak of COVID-19
in China and other countries will impact their communities and are seeking ways to stay healthy. The New
Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) to support our communities and medical providers by developing guidance and education
What is the difference between seasonal coronaviruses and the virus causing COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses but there are different types of coronavirus within that family. Some
frequently cause the common cold, but the virus causing COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus that we believe
moved from animals into humans and is infecting people for the first time.
What are common symptoms of COVID-19?
For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to
severe illness and death. Symptoms typically include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
How is COVID-19 spread?
This virus spreads primarily through respiratory droplets (such as occur when an infected person coughs). Risk for
transmission between people is highest with close contact (e.g., family members, healthcare settings).
How is COVID-19 infection prevented or treated?
Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent infection with this virus, and there is no specific antiviral treatment
recommended once infected. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
How should businesses prepare for the potential of coronavirus in their community?
• Continue to monitor up to date information from health officials. See links to key websites below.
• Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
• Emphasize respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees.
• Perform routine environmental cleaning.
• Prepare for possible increased numbers of employee absences.
• Identify essential business functions, essential jobs or roles, and critical elements to maintain business
• Plan to minimize exposure between employees and also between employees and the public, if public
health officials call for social distancing.