Coronavirus in the United States

*Please note the numbers in this post were updated February 19th, 2020. The state of COVID-19 in the US has and will continue to dramatically evolve each day. 

Public Health Officials Agree: Handwashing is the Best Way to Prevent the Spread of Illness.

Two weeks ago, the first transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was confirmed in the United States. Details are still emerging as authorities respond to the rapidly evolving situation, but researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have cited handwashing as a key tool in slowing epidemics, such as COVID-19.

What Are We Up Against?

COVID-19 in the US


Primarily respiratory

Fecal to oral possible

Confirmed Cases:

15 to date


0 to date


UC Riverside Bioengineering; WHO; CDC as of 2020.02.183

Foodborne Illness in the US


Primarily fecal to oral



~128,000 / year


~3,000 / year


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Is Coronavirus an Urgent Problem in the United States?

While it is is fortunate that the U.S. has not yet reported any deaths, coronavirus has had tragic ramifications playing out near the epicenter of the disease in China. More than 70,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide, and nearly 2,000 people have sadly passed. Additionally, the global supply chain disruption will cost the world economy billions.

Thankfully in the US, Awareness and Technology Are Saving Lives.

We’re pushing for this same awareness in the foodservice industry.

“Fecal to Oral route…? I didn’t need that visual”

-You, we guess

We agree. It’s gross.

Yet, on average, PathSpot partners are uncovering that 1 in 5 food-handlers are working with a potentially harmful amount of fecal matter on their hands. PathSpot detects trace amounts of feces, empowering your employees to take real-time corrective action. We couple this with an Analytics Suite to create an unprecedented risk management tool for food safety.

You Have the Power to Prevent Disease.

And PathSpot can help.

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