American Forest & Paper Association members are committed to the safety of our workforce and our end-users. The situation with COVID-19 is dynamic and changes daily.
Our members make essential products, including tissue products, packaging and other consumer products crucial to daily life. The industry is working safely and efficiently to respond to spikes in demand to meet the needs of Americans across the nation and worldwide.
In light of the rapidly evolving coronavirus challenge, AF&PA has compiled information and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including on issues such as workplace safety, scientific studies and economic relief programs. Much of the information in this compendium has been compiled from third-party sources, and none of the information in this compendium is, nor should it in any way be construed as, legal, health or any other form of advice, nor can we attest to the reliability, accuracy or completeness of the information. We hope this is helpful as a basic general information resource. This website is subject to change as new information comes to our attention.
What is COVID-19?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and can cause symptoms similar to the common cold. A novel coronavirus causes a respiratory disease commonly referred to as COVID-19 and has not previously been seen in humans. COVID-19 presents with respiratory illness like symptoms that include fever, cough and shortness of breath that can become quickly life-threatening. Research shows it spreads primarily through person-to-person contact.
Scientists and health experts are working vigorously to learn about the new strain.
How Can I Protect Myself?
Current guidance from the CDC and the White House indicate the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap is not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol though soap and water is your best bet.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Practice social distancing and avoid gatherings of more than 10 people
- Stay home if you are sick
Resources from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission providing guidance on protecting workers from exposure and preparing workplaces to minimize risks, among other things. Click here to access the resources.
Studies, Guidance on Coronavirus Residency on Surfaces and Product Safety
A listing of scientific studies, global and national health organizations’ guidance and transportation organizations statements about the coronavirus on surfaces and product safety. Click here to access the resources.
Economic Relief Programs
Information on small business loans, Hour of Service Rule Exemption for commercial drivers and federal legislation either drafted or recently enacted in response to the coronavirus. Click here to access the resources.
General Information on Coronavirus
A variety of public health and safety information available about the coronavirus from sources including the CDC, World Health Organization, Environmental Protection Agency, State Department and others. Click here to access the resources.
AF&PA Press Statements
- AF&PA Highlights U.S. Postal Service Response to Questions about the Safety of Receiving Packaging and Mail
- AF&PA Applauds U.S. – Canada Leadership for Recognizing the Paper and Wood Products Industry’s Importance in Cross-Border Trade
- AF&PA Stresses Paper and Wood Products Industry’s “Essential” Role in Responding to COVID-19 Challenges
- AF&PA Response to Increased Consumer Demand for Tissue Products