As the stock market dropped sharply for the second day in a row (Tuesday, 2/25) largely on fears related to the Coronavirus (COV-19) outbreak, officials from the Centers for Disease Control warned that companies in the U.S. should be prepared for the outbreak to grow.

“The rapid jump in cases in Iran, Italy and South Korea over the last four days has tripped up markets and has now prompted U.S. health officials to warn Americans about potential disruption at home if people start getting sick in their communities, “ according to a story on Marketwatch

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases cited three forms of “non-pharmaceutical interventions” that can be applied during a pandemic of a respiratory disease to lessen the spread of an illness. These include staying home if you’re sick (personal), closing schools or canceling large gatherings of people (community), and routinely cleaning surfaces (environmental).