January 29, 2020
The 2019 coronavirus outbreak is an emerging and evolving situation, and the following is a general summary and response to the most recent developments provided by international health authorities.
On December 31, 2019, health authorities in China informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of a unique strain of pneumonia emerging in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. By January 7, the virus was identified as a new strain of coronavirus, a large family of viruses that range from more severe diseases, such as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to the common cold.
As of mid-January, it has been confirmed that the novel (new) coronavirus can spread via human-to-human transmission, but researchers and WHO are still determining specifics about the virus, detailing how it affects people who are sick with it, how they can be treated, and what countries can be doing to respond.
With additional cases being identified and confirmed in other international locations, many countries are heightening vigilance with health and travel screening. While the outbreak of novel virus infections among people are always of public concern, WHO has not named the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern at this time, however, this may change in the coming days or weeks as the situation develops.
BGRS’s Business Continuity Planning team is closely monitoring and assessing developments to determine the best approach to support our employees, our clients, and their global mobility programs and mobile employees.
For more information on the coronavirus, we recommend following information released from WHO. For questions related to how we can support, please connect with your BGRS representative directly.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. On Thursday, January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) elevated its status and declared the new coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. BGRS’s Business Continuity Planning team will continue to closely follow developments from WHO to determine the best approach to support our employees, our clients, and their mobile employees. For the most current information on the coronavirus outbreak, please continue to visit the World Health Organization website.