What can you do to protect your office from the Coronavirus?
With the Coronavirus on the move throughout the nation many people are starting to panic. And some of the greatest fear comes from the workplace itself due to the fact that most places of work involve many people grouped together for hours at a time. This allows infectious disease, such as the Coronavirus, the ability to spread between people at a very fast rate.
Sanitation of surfaces
One of the best, and only ways to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the office is through effective sanitation. Make sure your office is being cleaned and sanitized almost daily. And the areas that should be focused on are areas where many people are touching throughout the day.
- Elevator buttons
- Toilet handles
- Desk surfaces
- Stair railings
These are some of the highest touched places in your office. Cleaning these areas thoroughly will do a lot in the prevention of spreading any diseases.
Employee hygiene is another important thing to be conscious of in your office. You can sanitize surfaces and other high touched areas, but if employees have poor hygiene a virus can still spread very easily. Below are some tips that you should be making aware to your employees to prevent the spread of disease in your office.
- Wash your hands. Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. If this isn’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face. Touching your face or mouth if you haven’t washed your hands can transfer the virus to these areas and potentially make you sick.
- Maintain distance. Avoid close contact with people who are ill. If you’re around someone that’s coughing or sneezing, try to stay at least 4 feet away
- Don’t share personal items. Sharing items such as utensils and drinking glasses can spread the virus.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Try to cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue. Be sure to promptly dispose of any used tissues.
- Tell employees to stay home if they’re sick. Any employee who feels sick should plan to stay at home until they fully recover.
Make sure that you, and the rest of the office, are continually informed about the current status of the Coronavirus. The CDC continually posts updates on this virus through the link here. Read up on updates through that link daily so you can share with your colleagues!
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