Combating the Coronavirus

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The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact. Visit our live blog for the latest updates. 


Resources for Businesses

All employers should be implementing strategies to protect their workforce from the coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations.

Workplace Safety

Created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, these guides are based on information provided by the CDC, to help employers and employees prepare for and address the effects of the coronavirus.

Help for Small Businesses

  • CO— is working to bring you the best resources, weekly virtual town halls, and other information to help you navigate this challenging time. Start Here
  • The Chamber has produced a guide explaining the new emergency loans available for small businesses and 501(c)3 non-profits, known as the Paycheck Protection Program. Download a copy of the guide in English and Spanish.
  • The CARES Act expands the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. Find out more.
  • The CARES Act also created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. Find out more.


Communications Toolkit

Find shareable resources, social media assets and guidance for members, employees, and customers in the Coronavirus Response Toolkit.




Additional Resources


U.S. Chamber In Action

We believe no family should face financial ruin because of a loss of income and no business should go bankrupt because of a temporary loss in revenue as a result of the coronavirus.

This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce proposed three ideas to support American businesses and workers, and mitigate job losses amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Specifically, the Chamber called for legislation that would:

  1. Cancel payment of all payroll taxes typically paid by employers for March, April, and May.
  2. Expand and streamlining loan programs for small businesses with fewer than 500 employees experiencing revenue loss as a result of the coronavirus.
  3. Enable the creation of credit facilities to provide loans and loan guarantees to employers with more than 500 employees experiencing significant revenue loss as a result of the coronavirus.

The U.S. Chamber recommended these policy actions in addition to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that President Trump has now signed into law.

Learn More



Business Response

The business community plays a vital role in combating outbreaks of viruses like the coronavirus. From developing life-saving antivirals to supporting global relief efforts to protecting their employees at home and abroad, businesses of all sizes and sectors are stepping up to address this crisis.

What Business Is Doing

View our corporate aid tracker for details on how businesses of all sizes and sectors are stepping up to combat the coronavirus. As of April 1, corporate donations, both cash and in-kind, currently exceed $3.6 billion. For total contributions to date, please contact U.S. Chamber Foundation Senior Director of Global Resilience Brooks Nelson.

How You Can Help

If you are a business that’s interested in learning how you can support relief efforts, contact Brooks Nelson.


Recent Activity

Above the FoldApr 03, 2020 - 10:15pm
A commuter wears a mask while walking through a subway station in New York City.

Coronavirus Live Blog

The latest news and updates related to the coronavirus pandemic, tailored specifically for the business community.

Above the FoldApr 03, 2020 - 5:00pm
Small Business Storefront

New Poll Says 1 in 4 Small Businesses on Brink of Permanent Closure

A new poll from MetLife and the U.S. Chamber found 43% of small businesses say they are 3-6 months away from permanently shutting down.

ReportApr 03, 2020 - 1:00am
Small Business Index Special Report

Special Report on Coronavirus and Small Business

A new poll taken from March 25-28, 2020 and released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife reveals that one in four small businesses (24%) are on the brink of closing permanently amid the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The full report relays findings on small business owners' level of concern, changes they are making in order to continue operating, resources and relief programs needed over the next couple of months, and predictions on when the U.S. small business climate will return to normal.

Letters to CongressApr 02, 2020 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter Urging Treasury and IRS COVID-19 Initial Implementation Tax Response

On April 2, 2020 the Chamber delivered this letter to the IRS and the Treasury regarding comments and recommendations to provide guidance to taxpayers in response to COVID-19.

ReportApr 02, 2020 - 11:15am

Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs: Employer Guide

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act created new temporary paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) programs that are 100% reimbursable by the federal government. The effective date of both programs is April 1 and they expire on December 31.