Safe provision of a clinical service under the threat of infectious diseases requires an understanding of disease pathogens, their detection, and management within the workplace. In this presentation, Jonathan Iredell, PhD, an infectious diseases physician and clinical microbiologist specializing in critical infections and transmission of antibiotic resistance, discusses what we currently know about COVID-19 and its causative agent SARS CoV2 as well as the measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of its transmission.