Coronavirus / COVID-19

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

NEHA is closely monitoring developments of the COVID-19 pandemic 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.

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, over 45,000 people have died in the U.S. from the disease. 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:

COVID-19 Rapid Needs Assessment

Environmental health professionals are the second largest part of the local public health workforce behind nursing. To support this essential workforce during these uncertain times, NEHA distributed a rapid needs assessment to assess the environmental health activities and needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This convenience sample generated over 1,175 responses from local, state, federal, tribal, territorial, and other environmental health program personnel. NEHA is pleased to issue the results from the rapid needs assessment.

READ FULL REPORT (PDF)

Pandemic Situation Reports

About the Disease

NEHA Issues Position Statement on COVID-19

The National Environmental Health Association encourages state, local, and federal leaders to follow the guidance and direction of their public and environmental health professionals in the effort to reopen the country after Coronavirus (COVID)-19 quarantine measures. The virus likely can be contained, and its potential consequences minimized if the insights of medical, scientific, public, and environmental health professionals are at the forefront of decision making.

READ STATEMENT (PDF)

Just in Time from NEHA logo of a rotating clock with hands moving around the face.NEHA's Just in Time Video Series 

The NEHA Just in Time Video Series offers a diverse collection of informative and digestible short videos to be used as a resource to support acceptable operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The training catalog offers guidelines and best practices for specific food safety topics and various environmental health situations that may present themselves during this unprecedented time. Each individual training within the series offers a clear and concise overview of a topic and provides guidance for acceptable, safe, alternative operations. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT JUST IN TIME

Disinfecting Your Facility if Someone is Sick (CDC)
Guidance for Work, Facilities, Schools, & Homes

Water, Premise Plumbing, Pools and Spas 

Solid Waste and Debris

Schools and Child Care Programs:

Workplace Guidance:

Home Guidance:

Poster of COVID-19 Disinfection and Sanitization

Disinfection Guidance:

COVID-19 & Food Safety

Employee Health

State Specific Guidance

Guidance for Food Industry

Guidance for Consumers

Related Journal of Environmental Health Articles

Click here to view a list of additional articles.

Pearson Vue Exams

Partner Organization COVID-19 Resources

 

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 staff@neha.org.

For more information on COVID-19 Safety Tips and Warnings, please visit the Federal Communications Commission website.