2/5/20 COVID-19 Brief from WorkSTEPS

WorkSTEPS is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand.

Chinese health officials have reported thousands of infections with 2019-nCoV in China, with the virus reportedly spreading from person-to-person in many parts of that country. Infections with 2019-nCoV, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States. The United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on January 30, 2020. 

Both MERS and SARS, which are also Coronaviruses, have been known to cause severe illness in people. According to the World Health Organization and the CDC, the complete clinical picture regarding 2019-nCoV is still not fully clear. Reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with mild illness to people being severely ill and dying. 

For Employers

Employers are clearly concerned about the potential impact to their employees and operations, whether their operations are global, including China, or domestic.

WorkSTEPS provides timely consulting support to assist in decision making through Dr. Ben Hoffman. Dr. Hoffman advises numerous global multinational corporations on pandemic medical planning and management. He has been a past member of the Global Health Committee at the Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC and is a Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health (adjunct). Support can include review of HR policies and safety procedures regarding communicable diseases, such as the Corona virus, pandemic planning policies, and business continuity planning along with development of internal and external communications to support company employees and operations on a timely basis.

To inquire about support, please contact our medical team at

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