Now that the coronavirus has spread to United States residents, employers across the country are on high alert. And rightfully so.

The coronavirus is a family of viruses named for crownlike spikes on their surfaces. Some strains can infect people and animals and cause the common cold and/or more severe diseases, such as SARS and, more recently, COVID-19, the outbreak that began in late 2019 in Wuhan, China.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at print time, COVID-19 had already caused 11 deaths in the U.S.For all U.S. employers, the issue is no longer if the coronavirus will become a business concern, but, rather, how to prevent it from becoming a bigger one—and which aspects of an organization will be affected most.

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