Getting your workplace ready for Coronavirus
The recommended measures below will help prevent the spread of infections in your workplace, such as colds, flu and stomach bugs, and can protect you and your fellow coworkers from getting sick even if COVID-19 has not arrived in your community.
Keep Your Workspace Clean
When someone who has COVID-19 coughs or exhales they release droplets of infected fluid. Most of these droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects – such as desks, tables or telephones. People touching these contaminated surfaces are more likely to become ill.
TLDR: Wipe down surfaces with disinfectant regularly to reduce the spread of germs.
Wash Your Hands
Some viruses can live on surfaces for hours. Regular hand washing is your best strategy to keep them from getting inside your body. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to rub the wrists, between the fingers, and under the fingernails. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
TLDR: Washing kills the virus on your hands.
Practice Good Respiratory Hygiene
A critical time to practice good hygiene etiquette is when you are sick, especially when coughing or sneezing. To help stop the spread of germs, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then put your used tissue in a wastebasket. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
TLDR: Proper hygiene etiquette prevents the spread of illness.
Stay Home if You Are Sick
An important way to reduce the spread of illness is to keep sick people away from those who are not sick. If COVID-19 starts spreading in your community anyone with even a mild cough or low grade fever (99.14 F or more) needs to stay at home. You should also stay home (or work from home) if you have had to take simple medications, such as paracetamol/acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin, which may mask symptoms of infection.
TLDR: Stay home if you’re sick so you don’t expose others.
Turn to Telehealth
Because early symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to concerns like the flu, it’s always best to seek medical attention when you’re feeling ill. A telehealth visit is a great option if you’re worried you might be sick, as a virtual visit enables you to seek medical care from home while reducing the spread of germs.
TLDR: Avoid germy waiting rooms and seek care online.
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