Coronavirus / COVID-19
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
NEHA is closely monitoring developments of COVID-19 outbreaks in the U.S. and is working to provide our members and other stakeholders with access to critical information and updates. Across the U.S. and around the globe, environmental health professionals are on the frontlines of preventive public health services delivery, and NEHA is committed to supporting the EH workforce to effectively and safely do their jobs.
This novel coronavirus, which started as a localized novel zoonotic disease outbreak in China, has now been declared a pandemic (global disease outbreak) by the World Health Organization (WHO) after having rapidly spread to most countries around the world. The disease, known as COVID-19, is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 betacoronavirus virus. Symptoms develop 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The majority of infections have been mild; however, severe life-threatening disease has developed in approximately 16% of cases according to initial reports. Emergency warning signs for severe infection include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent chest pain or pressure
- Sudden onset of confusion
- Bluish tint of lips or face.
Immediately seek medical attention if experiencing any of these severe symptoms.
While the current risk of infection for most people in the U.S. is low, some regions are currently experiencing large outbreaks, and as these and other current outbreaks continue to expand, and the number of cases increases, so will the risk of contracting the disease. As a result, it is critical to implement personal protective hygiene and other preventive health behaviors such as frequent handwashing with soap and water, social distancing, and using proper cough and sneeze etiquette.
Below you will find links to information and resources to help keep you informed and reduce the risk of getting sick.
Information & Resources
NEHA has compiled the following links to keep you informed and updated:
Pandemic Situation Reports
- Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (CDC)
- PAHO Director - "Americas Must Prepare"
- Situation Reports and Press Briefings (WHO)
- GIS Map & Situation Dashboard (Case counts, mortalities) (WHO)
- Travel Guidance & Recommendations (CDC)
About the Disease
- Coronavirus Symptoms & Diagnosis (CDC)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Communication Resources (Flyers, Notices, Signage) (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Guidance for Keeping Workplaces, Schools and Homes Safe (CDC)
- Reoccupancy, Water Safety and Plumbing: Critical Guidance (Purdue University)
- Getting Your Workplace Ready (WHO)
- Key OSHA standards for COVID-19 (OSHA)
- Disinfecting Your Facility if Someone is Sick (CDC)
- Environmental Cleaning & Disinfection Recommendations (CDC)
- COVID-19 EPA Approved Disinfectants (EPA)
COVID-19 & Food Safety
State Specific Guidance
- State Health & Emergency Officials Release Guidance to Prevent the Transmission of COVID-19 in Food and Beverage Venues - California (CDPH)
Guidance for Food Industry
- Takeout & Delivery
- Guidance for Food Safety Regulators
Related Journal of Environmental Health Articles
Click here to view a list of additional articles.
Pearson Vue Exams
Partner Organization COVID-19 Resources
- National Center for Health Housing COVID-19 Site
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Please bookmark this page and continue to check back frequently as NEHA will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide updated information as it becomes available.
COVID-19 Safety Warning from NEHA
Third parties claiming to be affiliated with NEHA have contacted a number of individuals regarding COVID-19 home inspections and have requested personal information. These parties are NOT affiliated with NEHA. Furthermore, NEHA will never ask for personal information over the phone in that manner. As such, please disregard these requests. Also, if you are willing, please share the incidences with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on COVID-19 Safety Tips and Warnings, please visit the Federal Communications Commission website.