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Everything you need to know about the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

The CDC is closely monitoring a recent outbreak caused by the Coronavirus disease. Here's everything you need to know. 

What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a respiratory illness (an infection of the airways and lungs) that can be spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 was first identified in an outbreak in Wuhan, China. 

How does COVID-19 spread? 

Still undetermined, medical experts think that the virus is spread person to person through respiratory droplets (cough, sneeze, etc.). The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact (about 6 feet) with one another. It can also be possible to contract the virus through physical touch of surfaces that have the virus on it. 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

Mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including: 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath


How can I protect myself? 

Individuals can protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions, including: 

  • Avoid close physical contact with sick individuals.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 


What if symptoms are present? 

In order to keep from spreading illnesses, you should: 

  • Stay home.
  • Cover your mouth
  • Clean and disinfect objects or surfaces you touch


Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?

While scientists are diligently working to test vaccines, there is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions.

Is there a treatment for COVID-19?

Currently, there is no approved treatment for the virus although people who contract COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms. 

What is Bernard Benefits doing to prepare?

Bernard Benefits has a business continuity plan in place for serious communicable disease outbreaks. Starting today, March 6, 2020, we are allowing all Team Members to work from home. It’s our hope that the precautionary measures we’re taking will help ensure health and safety of our Team Members and customers, while maximizing the likelihood we can continue to be able to deliver the advice and service you’ve grown to expect from Bernard during this period of uncertainty. 

If you should have additional COVID-19 questions, please visit the CDC website.

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