NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is offering assistance to businesses hit by the one-two punch of the tornadoes and COVID-19.
Thursday at 5 p.m., they'll hold a webinar on their website to talk to businesses affected by the tornadoes. On Friday at noon, they'll focus on businesses impacted by COVID-19.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has a disaster loan program for both the tornadoes and COVID-19. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has details on their website on evolving legislation that may help businesses. The Chamber CEO says this city is resilient and will bounce back.
"A return to business as usual will be aided by the unique qualities that define Nashville's business community," Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Ralph Schulz said. "We are fortunate to have a robust and diverse economy. This balance resists downturns. Small businesses and entrepreneurship thrive in Nashville. These businesses adapt quickly to new circumstances."
The community can help by following Mayor John Cooper’s Safer at Home order to slow the spread of COVID-19. That will allow businesses to get their doors back open as soon as possible. Support businesses by ordering take out or ordering merchandise online.
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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.
What are the symptoms?
The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:
- Shortness of breath
- At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.
The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as: