General Information About COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus)

  1. Welcome
  2. What is COVID-19?
  3. Symptoms of the Virus
  4. How it Spreads
  5. High-Risk Groups


Welcome to COVID-19 Prevention and Awareness for Restaurants.

"WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic."

 -World Health Organization (WHO) Director General

The purpose of this presentation is to inform and educate restaurant workers about the coronavirus by sharing information that comes directly from the WHO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other reputable sources, in order to dispel myths and equip you with the most accurate information available to protect yourself and others. 

At the conclusion of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Identify the symptoms of the coronavirus, how the virus spreads, and who is most at risk from the virus
  • Describe general hygiene and prevention practices
  • Recognize the meaning of social distancing
  • Identify methods of sharing the facts about the virus with others
  • Summarize best practices of prevention in a restaurant environment

What is COVID-19?

Definition Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the WHO:
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Symptoms of the Virus

According to the CDC, patients with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. For advice on how to watch for symptoms and what to do if you experience symptoms, refer to the CDC website.

How it Spreads

The CDC reports that the virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be possible to get the virus by touching a surface or object with the virus on it and then touching one's own mouth, nose, or eyes. This latter possibility is not thought to be the main method of transmission. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community in some affected geographic areas, which is known as "community spread."

For more information on how coronavirus spreads, visit the CDC website.

High-Risk Groups

an elderly woman walking outside with a young woman

"We've got to make sure that the vulnerable ones are the ones we protect -- the elderly and those with underlying conditions." - Dr. Anthony Fauci

Some people are at a higher risk of developing more severe cases of the COVID-19 illness. This population includes:

  • Older adults
  • People of all ages with severe underlying health conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

If you or someone you know are at higher risk for serious illness because of your age or health conditions, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.