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As virus spreads, groups seek to be advocate and resource

Associations step up for members by trying to calm public fears about disease, offering information about how to best prepare

U.S. Chamber and coronavirusU.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue, left, speaks about the effects of COVID-19 on the U.S. economy during a news conference Wednesday. Also pictured are Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, and Stephanie Martz, chief administrative officer and general counsel for the National Retail Federation.
Photo: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

March 13, 2020
By Walt Williams

Associations are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak by directing members to resources about how to prepare for the virus while at the same time pressing policymakers to help their industries weather the economic storm the disease has unleashed.