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Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 Outbreak

3M Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Considerations

The COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020.

3M is committed to supporting the public health and government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 continues to spread globally impacting millions of lives, healthcare systems, and the global economy. Multiple new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have emerged as the virus mutates over time The symptoms of the illness associated with this novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are similar to those caused by influenza and other respiratory illnesses and include coughing, shortness of breath, fever, and difficulty breathing. The WHO and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended airborne precautions for healthcare workers for certain interactions with patients with suspected or known cases of COVID-19. It is recommended to consult the latest guidance from applicable health and safety authorities for the most update to date information.

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