March 12, 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Several Ounces of Prevention

Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is an infectious disease that causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever and in more severe cases, pneumonia. The World Health Organization recently declared the outbreak a pandemic.

We encourage you to (calmly) adopt common sense measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. In absence of a cure, several ounces of prevention will go a long way to protect our teams, our families, and our stakeholders.

Strategies in Response to the Virus
The virus spreads by person to person contact. Limiting contact by tele-commuting or hosting on-line meetings will slow the progression of the virus. These resources may help you decide if these strategies will work for you. (We think that they can. We have substituted video conferencing for in-person meetings and training sessions and have been working from home on Fridays for several months.)

Kate Rubalcava, UNA CEO, and Rob Harter, UNA Board Chair, shared the UNA response to the virus. Among the items they listed in an email to our stakeholders, they identified ways to prevent the spread of disease, ideas for employers to adopt to protect the health of their teams, and the importance of not conflating the disease with a population or nationality.

The National Council of Nonprofits offers insights, resources, and practice pointers for planning your response to the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outlines ways to protect our communities from Covid-19.

The State of Utah provides information on their work to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus and a hotline to call if you’re concerned that you may have the virus.