Simple Steps to Take for Prevention of COVID-19

As we continue to see more and more cases of COVID-19 develop within our own communities, public health and safety concerns have risen to a new level – with increased potential exposure to those who may have been exposed to the Coronavirus.  It is important to know the facts about how viruses can be spread and what we can do to help ensure a safe workplace for employees.  

Here are four facts known about Coronavirus as of today:

  1. The incubation period for the Coronavirus is 2-14 days. This means that one can be a carrier of the virus without showing any signs or symptoms.
  2. Symptoms include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath
  3. It is spread from animal to animal or person to person. The Coronavirus is believed to be spread through respiratory droplets via coughing or sneezing.
  4. Unfortunately, there is no known vaccination or preventative at the time of this blog, therefore, the best way to avoid becoming exposed is to stay clear of those who may be carriers of the virus.

Remind your employees of these five best practices to stay free of cold and flu viruses and prevent the spread: 

  1. Good hygiene – wash one’s hands for at least 20-seconds (or sing Happy Birthday) twice.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with unclean hands
  3. Use a tissue when coughing or sneezing to cover your nose and mouth
  4. Apply antibacterial/disinfectants on frequently touched surfaces
  5. Avoid contact with individuals who are sick

Four important actions you can take to keep your workplace safe in the long term:

  1. Follow local public health recommendations
  2. Educate and inform all employees of proper infection control procedures
  3. Reinforce personal hygiene (hand and cough) throughout your organization and provide and train on personal protective equipment for employees
  4. Encourage employees to remain at home if they feel ill

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is constantly updating its recommendations and guidelines regarding the Coronavirus epidemic. If one believes that they are becoming or have become infected, please contact your healthcare provider immediately. For more information, watch EcoLab’s webinar on COVID-19.