The coronavirus, originally known as 2019-nCoV, was first detected in Wuhan City in China’s Hubei Province in late 2019 and continues to spread globally. In February 2020, the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses named the virus "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2," or SARS-CoV-2, due to its genetic relationship to the virus that caused the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003. The official name for the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 is COVID-19.

Resources that industrial hygienists and other occupational health and safety professionals may find useful during the coronavirus outbreak are collected on this page. The information will be updated as needed.

Essential Resources

CDC Vaccine Toolkit Resources

The CDC has provided a toolkit to help community-based organizations and employers educate their essential workers and volunteers about the vaccines now available to the public.

Who are these toolkits for?

These toolkits are designed for:

  1. Employers of essential workers. Essential workers perform duties across critical infrastructure sectors and maintain the services and functions that U.S. residents depend on daily. Examples of the many essential workers include police officers, firefighters, and people working in education, child care centers, and grocery stores.
  2. The staff of organizations serving communities affected by COVID-19. These CBOs could include social service organizations, faith-based organizations, YMCAs/YWCAs, fraternities, school organizations (e.g., PTAs/PTOs), meal delivery services, senior centers, and others.

There are a variety of resources available in these toolkits that can be used virtually and in-person, including:

  • Key messages
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Digital posters (printable)
  • Social media messages and graphics

The CDC will continue to update these toolkits, so check back frequently for updates and new material.

Free Resources

COVID-19 Resources from AIHA

AIHA is providing the following resources, created and vetted by the AIHA member community, for public use during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tools for Healthy Schools

EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools for Healthy Schools

Face Coverings, Masks, & Respirators: Know the Difference

These resources are critical to understanding the differences between various types of face coverings and decontamination methods.

INFOGRAPHIC: Know Your Risk During COVID-19

The Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force and the TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases recently put out a simple infographic guide to help people make educated choices regarding types of activities during the current pandemic.

Guidance Document

COVID-19 Professional Cleaning and Restoration Industry (5th Edition)

A joint publication by the RIA, IICRC, and AIHA, this guidance document is for those in the restoration industry as clients continue to turn to these professionals to assist in properly responding during the differing phases - including business re-opening - of the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Safety Council launches SAFER Task Force

AIHA is proud to be a member of this task force, a multifaceted effort to help employers create safe workspaces in a post-coronavirus world.

Respirator Fit Testing

Find a consultant who can perform proper respirator fit-testing from our 2020 Consultants Listing

Novel Coronavirus Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Other Resources


The National Institutes of Health now has a Coronavirus research database: LitCovid. This is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus and is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to more than 1,300 (and growing) relevant articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

The JOEH is published in both print and online to enhance the knowledge and practice of occupational and environmental hygiene and safety, advancing and protecting worker health worldwide.