Understanding the Coronavirus & Situational Characteristics: A Framework for Individuals and Businesses for Mitigating Risk

As state and local leaders announce plans for reopening, Americans are venturing out of various levels of isolation to participate in the economy, as workers and consumers. Federal and local governments, public health entities (including the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control), business associations, and others are issuing guidelines to help businesses and individuals know how to open while mitigating risk. These guidelines provide important recommendations for activities and precautions to help slow virus transmission. However, communities, businesses, and individuals will need to learn how to apply this guidance in practice, adapted to their own environments and abilities. This paper offers a framework for understanding the virus and its contagion principles, identifying and understanding the core principles or levers for mitigating the spread of the virus, and applying levers based on situational characteristics of unique environments.

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