We plan to provide updates on information about COVID-19 and visual reminders of how to minimize your risks, including through posters provided by the Centers for Disease Control.
At this point in time there are several, common sense precautions that can be taken to reduce the risk of becoming ill with Covid-19 or of spreading the virus to others. Those precautions include:
• Know the symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The symptoms seem to begin 2 to 14 days after an exposure.
• If you develop symptoms, call your health care provider for advice rather than stopping by their office where you may infect other patients and the providers themselves.
• Notify HR and your supervisor if you are ill or if someone you live with has been confirmed as having COVID-19.
• If you have had a known exposure to someone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19 or is quarantined, self-quarantine for 2 weeks.
• As the situation evolves, depending on local conditions, it may become important to avoid crowded settings, and, if you must be in a crowded setting, reduce your time there.
Use basic hygiene and social distancing precautions, including:
• Stay home if you are sick with suspected or confirmed coronavirus. If you have a confirmed diagnosis, follow the CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/…/do…/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf If you believe that you do not have COVID-19, but you do have upper respiratory infection symptoms, do not return to work unless you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol. It is especially important to clean your hands before eating food or touching your face. Frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer can cause your hands to become very dry or cracked, so use lotion to keep your hands moisturized. Soap and water remain the best method for cleaning in part because of the mechanical action of rubbing your hands. There are health concerns about chemical additives in hand sanitizers, so use it when soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes, especially if your hands have not been cleaned.
• Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve. Dispose of tissues in no-touch receptacles. Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
• Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people who are ill.
• Avoid shaking hands.
• If you have been wearing gloves, wash your hands after removing them because they may have been contaminated.
• Keep frequently touched common surfaces or objects in the workplace clean, especially in break rooms.
• If you can, avoid using co-workers’ phones, computers, offices, work tools, or equipment.
• Minimize group meetings by using email, video conferencing, or phone. If a group meeting is unavoidable, avoid close contact and meet in a well ventilated space.
• Limit unnecessary visitors to the workplace.
At this stage, as we attempt to do our part to contain or slow down the spread of the virus, do not engage in non-essential travel