SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19), was first identified in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and has since spread worldwide to approximately 190 countries and territories.
By January 31, 2020, it was estimated that approximately 75,000 people in Wuhan were infected with the coronavirus and/or stricken with COVID-19. The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency. The United States declared a public health emergency. U.S. citizens who had been in China’s Hubei Province during the prior 14 days were subject to two weeks of mandatory quarantine. Major airlines suspended flights to and from mainland China. Within days, Taiwan’s Health Authority would ban all international cruise ships.
Despite these early warning signs, many cruise lines continued to operate, potentially exposing their passengers to unnecessary and possibly dangerous illness. Many employers also downplayed the effects of the virus, ignoring the risks to their employees.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the coronavirus’s incubation period — or the time from exposure to developing symptoms — ranges from two to 14 days. Even if you experienced symptoms after you left a job or a cruise, you may have been exposed to the virus through no fault of your own.
COVID-19 may have affected you in unavoidable ways, and you deserve to know your rights.
- Did you contract COVID-19 on a cruise ship?
- Did your employer fire you because you complained about unsafe working conditions?
Urbanic & Associates is leading the fight against companies who have ignored the safety of their patrons and employees.
You should be aware of your rights. Contact us immediately for a free consultation.