On January 30th, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19), a public health emergency of international concern. Person-to-person spreading of the virus was first reported among people who were in close proximity to those in Wuhan, China.
2 to 14 days after exposure, the following symptoms may appear:
If you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19, or you’ve recently traveled from an area experiencing the spread of COVID-19, please consult with your doctor immediately.
As there’s currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to stay safe is to avoid exposure to the virus. That means:
Any employee showing signs of acute respiratory illness should stay home. They should stay out of the office until their fever is gone and they don’t show any signs of illness without medication for at least 24 hours.
Every aspect of your workplace should be kept clean and sanitary, with professional cleanings scheduled regularly to clean desks, floors, countertops, doorknobs, bathrooms, eating spaces, and other areas. Commercial Cleaning Corporation uses state-of-the-art electrostatic disinfectant equipment and traditional cleaning methods to provide comprehensive cleaning solutions for all types of facilities. Electrostatic disinfecting is a fast and cost-effective supplement to standard cleaning regimens as a way of thoroughly applying sanitizers and disinfectants to surfaces, regardless of the shape or angle of the surface in question.
If you or your employees travel outside of the US, check the CDC Traveler’s Health page for news, updates, guidance, and recommendations for each country you or your team will visit. If any employees are showing any signs of acute respiratory illness, they should notify their supervisor. If there is any indication at all that an employee is sick, they should not travel!
Make your stance on sick employees staying home clear, and provide your employees with helpful CDC-issued guidelines for proper respiratory illness etiquette and hand hygiene. Provide easy access to tissues and hands-free waste containers for all employees. People should keep their hands clean with alcohol-based hand sanitizers or by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. For visibly dirty hands, soap and water are most effective.