We know that the Coronavirus is spreading quickly. The news is updating the tally counts in every market daily. Large events are being cancelled and people are being quarantined. Everyone is being very cautious – which is a good thing.
The question is what should you be doing as an employee to stay as safe as possible? Here are some basic tips to help.
- Be aware. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a page dedicated to information about COVID-19, the scientific name for the Coronavirus. Take the time to read and be aware of the changes and updates. Click here for the CDC page.
- Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer. Wash and lather your hands, clean between your fingers and under your nails. And scrub for 20 seconds – hum “Happy Birthday” twice from beginning to end. If using hand sanitizer, make sure to use ones that are 60% alcohol – check the labels.
- Don’t shake hands. We’re all used to shaking hands with people we see but during this time it’s best to fist bump or elbow bump or just smile. Limit your exposure and don’t “kiss hello” either.
- Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. This will help prevent others from getting sick.
- Disinfect regularly. Antiseptic and disinfectant wipes, as well as, cleaning sprays should be used regularly for frequently touched items – doorknobs, sink faucets and handles.
- If you’re sick, stay home. If you have a fever you should not go to work. And you should be fever free for over 24 hours before considering returning to work. If you’re coughing, sneezing or have other respiratory symptoms, stay home and consider seeing a doctor.
- Share information. If family members are sick let your employer know if they are showing symptoms of the virus. Or if they have come into contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with coronavirus, let your employer know.
The news and health guidelines are constantly being evaluated and updated. Stay tuned in for the latest news and help take action to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.