With the emergence of coronavirus, or newly named COVID-19, it has come to our attention that workplaces are the most common places for the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Most American workers could be at risk of exposure and it is important to understand what sanitary precautions to take.

How COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Spreads:

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • People are the most contagious when they experiencing symptoms of sickness before the time of infection (the sickest or most vulnerable).
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

*Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart disease or lung disease are at a higher risk of developing more serious complications from COVID 19 illness.

How to protect yourself and others by practising good hygiene

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after blowing nose, coughing sneezing or touching surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you are feeling sick consult with your supervisor and sick medical attention.
  • Cover your mouth and nose to avoid spreading germs then wash your hands.
  • If you are not sick you do not require a medical mask (M9 mask), only those who have excessing coughing or excessive sneezing symptoms should require a medical mask to prevent spreading of aerosol droplets.
  • Clean surfaces that have high contact potential (doorknobs, phones, printers, keyboards etc.) with products that contain at least 70 percent alcohol or products that contain bleach.  

Most important, using hand sanitizer alone does not thoroughly clean your hands, it must be stressed that proper hand washing with soap and water as recommend above is the best preventative measure against COVID-19.

For more details checkout US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

AND WASH YOUR HANDS!

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