COVID-19 is a disease caused by a respiratory virus first idenitfied in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. COVID-19 is a new virus that hasn't caused illness in humans before. Worldwide, COVID-19 has resulted in thousands of infections, causing illness and in some cases death. Cases have spread to countries throughout the world, with more cases reported daily.
COVID-19 is thought to be able to spread like the cold or flu through:
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
The vast majority of people recover from this infection. Most people will have mild or moderate symptoms. Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions have a greater risk for more serious illness.
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. Many experts are at work developing one. As with any new vaccine, it must be tested to make certain it is safe and effective. It may take over a year for a COVID-19 vaccine to become available.
You can take everyday preventive steps that are always recommended to slow the spread of respiratory illnesses like colds and flu:
Those at Higher Risk of Becoming Seriously from COVID-19: Older Adults and Individuals with Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
Older adults (age 60+) and those with pre-existing medical conditions have a greater risk for serious illness, and in some cases death, if they become infected with COVID-19. Examples of pre-existing medical conditions include: cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other conditions that impact the immune system's ability to fight germs.
Currently, people are at risk for contracting COVID-19 who:
If you are an older adult or you have one and more chronic health conditions, you can take action to reduce your risk of exposure to COVID-19:
Guidance for Travelers
At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who are at risk for serious illness, including older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions, avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
If you must travel, CDC is updating travel advisories as warranted and has advised against nonessential travel to some geographic areas of concern. Those with underlying health conditions are advised to avoid nonessential travel to certain areas as well.
Visit the CDC travel advisory site to check on current travel warnings if you are planning a trip abroad.
You can prepare in the following ways:
Impact of Coronavirus COVID-19 on Leonard Paper Inventory
We have seen severe disruptions in the supply of several products which began weeks ago. These disruptions have impacted multiple vendors and none are immune. We are currently working diligently with suppliers but with the unprecedented demand for products like sanitizers and disinfectants, the manufacturers are challenged to keep up with production. In some cases, the demand has been 300% above average norms for certain products! Many vendors have put us on allocation until they can ramp up production which is taking place now. We appreciate your business and patience while we all try to get through this health crisis.
Please make sure to visit the following websites CDC Website WHO Website for the latest updates.