by Louise Chernin (She/her), GSBA President & CEO
| Mar 03, 2020
UPDATE: Friday, March 6's Breakfast & Benefits: New Member Orientation and Tuesday, March 10's Young Professionals with Pride have been rescheduled with the regards to the safety of our community. Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter, follow us on Facebook, and Twitter to receive updates about any changes to upcoming GSBA programs.
The topic on everyone’s mind is the coronavirus (COVID-19). All of us in GSBA are monitoring the situation closely and will send out information and updates on scheduled events on an ongoing basis. All decisions will be based on how best to ensure the safety of our staff, our members, and all who attend our programs. At this time, we have no immediate plans to cancel any programs and we are fully staffed, understanding that this status can change at any time.
As our community knows all too well, anytime there is a disease outbreak, there is a tendency to scapegoat. Please remember that anyone can transmit or become infected with a virus. No one group of folks is responsible or should ever be targeted as the cause of a disease outbreak. For additional information on how to prevent and respond to stigmas and the spread of misinformation regarding this virus, click here
Currently, the risk to the general public is low due to the unlikelihood of exposure to the virus. Risk of exposure is elevated for healthcare workers, people who have had close contact with persons with COVID-19, and travelers returning from affected international locations (China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan, and Hong Kong).
Below are the recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health on how to respond in your daily life:
- Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- If you are sick and wondering what to do, call your healthcare provider before you go to a clinic or emergency room.
- Show compassion and support for individuals and communities most closely impacted and anyone who might be sick.
- Find more resources here.
This is an evolving situation with information changing frequently. The best
source of information for you and your family to keep up to date is through Seattle & King County Public Health. They've put together a website on all things coronavirus here
. Folks can also use this link to sign up to receive email alerts as updates on the situation are released.
In addition, we encourage all business leaders to take steps to protect their business, employees, and customers. King County Public Health has prepared a step-by-step guide
to help all businesses put plans in place for potential impact.
On Friday, March 20, GSBA Member Brad Kreuger of Success Beyond Luck will lead a free webinar
to help businesses understand possible long-term impacts and how to prepare for them.
We must remain vigilant not to allow misinformation about COVID-19 to become a reason to discriminate, harass or target anyone group. The best way to address bias is to not engage in it and speak out when you witness anyone being unfairly harassed or discriminated against. Now, as always, is the time for compassion, staying informed and using common sense over irrational, fear based behavior.