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The United States and the world are facing the very real threat of the widespread transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Federal health officials have said the spread of the virus is likely and may cause severe disruptions to everyday life. 

Health care workers, firefighters, police, airline workers, emergency service workers and other first responders will be on the front lines of responding to an outbreak. But as we have seen with the initial response to the virus on our nation’s shores, our health care workers and first responders do not have the necessary resources and equipment or adequate training and communication available to protect them from contracting, and spreading, this virus. 

The COVID-19 coronavirus isn’t the first time our nation has faced the threat of a pandemic outbreak. In the past two decades alone, we have seen deadly viruses such as SARS, Ebola, swine flu (H1N1) and avian flu (H5N1)  pose the real threat of causing a national health emergency. And each emerging public health threat revealed a woefully unprepared health care system unable to adequately address these threats by reducing the risk of exposure to the general public and giving proper protection, resources and training to workers on the front lines.

The labor movement has long advocated for increased federal, state and local funding needed to restore the public health infrastructure and to respond to public health emergencies, and the comprehensive, enforceable standards necessary to ensure all workers on the front line of an outbreak are protected from infectious disease agents so they can provide the vital services, treatment and care the public depends on.

The AFL-CIO is working with our affiliates to immediately develop and disseminate educational, training and logistical resources and recommendations and the most up-to-date materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the World Health Organization, research experts and others about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, many of which are listed below. 

Resources and Guidance

General Public

AFL-CIO: Coronavirus: COVID-19 Flier

CDC: Prevention and Treatment
CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), February 2020
CDC: COVID-19 Information for Travelers
CDC: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
CDC: What to Do If You Are Sick with COVID-19

OSHA: Protecting Workers During a Pandemic fact sheet
OSHA: Information for Workers and Employers About the Coronavirus Outbreak
OSHA: COVID-19 Control and Prevention
OSHA: Interim Guidance for Business Travelers

WHO: Information and Guidance Regarding the Current Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Government of Canada: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Update

Health Care Workers

AFT: COVID-19 – How to be Prepared: A Bulletin for Health Care Workers

CDC: Information for Health Care Professionals: COVID-19

NNU: COVID-19: What Nurses Need to Know
NNU: Selection of Protective Protective Equipment for Nurses and Other Health Care Workers Caring for Patients with COVID-19 

OSHA: Interim Guidance for Health Care Workers and Employers

WHO: Infection Prevention and Control During Health Care When Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) Infection Is Suspected
WHO: Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
WHO: Advice on the use of masks in the community, during home care and in healthcare settings in the context of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak
WHO: Infection prevention and control during health care when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected
WHO: Home care for patients with suspected novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection presenting with mild symptoms and management of contacts

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Workers

OSHA: Interim Guidance for Border Protection Workers and Employers

Emergency Response Workers

CDC: Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States

IAFF: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
IAFF: Interim Guidance for EMS for COVID-19 in the United States

Airline Workers

ALPA:  Coronavirus Information for Flight Crews 

AFA-CWA: Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) Update
AFA-CWA: Communicable Disease Incident Response Checklist

CDC: Interim Recommendations for Airlines and Airline Crew: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in China
CDC: Guidance for Airlines on Reporting Onboard Deaths or Illnesses to CDC
CDC: Preventing Spread of Disease on Commercial Aircraft: Guidance for Cabin Crew

FAA: Interim Health Guidance for Air Carriers and Crews

OSHA: Interim Guidance for Airline Workers and Employers

Laboratory Workers

CDC: Information for Laboratories: 2019-nCoV

OSHA: Interim Guidance for Laboratory Workers and Employers
OSHA: Interim Guidance for Deathcare Workers and Employers


AFT: Resources on the Coronavirus
AFT: COVID-19 – How to be Prepared: A Special Bulletin for Teachers and School Staff

CDC: Interim Guidance for Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools

Maritime and Transportation Workers

CDC: Interim Guidance for Ships on Managing Suspected Coronavirus Disease 2019

ILA: OSH Coronavirus Update

International Transport Workers’ Federation: Coronavirus Update and Advice 

SIU: Seafarers and American Maritime Association Coronavirus Protection Protocols for SIU-Crewed Vessels Calling on Ports in China

U.S. Coast Guard: Marine Safety Information Bulletin on Novel Coronavirus

Public Works and Maintenance Workers

OSHA: Interim Guidance for Solid Waste and Wastewater Management Workers and Employers

This article first appeared on the AFL-CIO Website

One thought on “Information and Resources on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

  1. In your above WorkDay has put out more good information on the Corona Virus than most of the corporate media, though Dr. Gupta on CNN is quite good.
    To be quite honest the response or shall we say lack of response from the federal government is scary. What ever one thinks of President Obama he did allocate $6.2 billion to fight Ebola and made it a major priority. The present administration is allocating $2.5 billion to combat the Corona Virus and some of it is just moving money around; taking from existing programs.
    This ducking of federal responsibility is sure to put increasing pressure on state and local governments to pick up the slack

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