March 04, 2020


Washington, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue hosted a press conference today alongside leading association CEOs and representatives from the travel, aviation, and retail industry to discuss concerns about the coronavirus and actions that businesses are taking to mitigate the impact of the virus on public health and the economy. During his opening remarks, Donohue said:

“While concerns are certainly understandable, America’s response must be grounded in facts, not driven by fear. Now is the time to listen to experts, to stay informed, and to take reasonable measures to prepare. Now is not the time to panic.

“What we are telling our members is the same advice we are following ourselves: be prudent and be prepared, but don’t overreact. Americans should continue to monitor the situation, but feel confident as they go about their daily lives, head to work, conduct meetings, or drop their children off at school.

“Businesses, working together with government, should help instill confidence and calm. That’s just what we’re going to do here at the Chamber—and we encourage all our members to join us in that pursuit.”

For more information on the Chamber’s response to the coronavirus, including a recording of today’s press conference, visit