Coronavirus (COVID19) will probably reach every country sooner or later and some measure of disruption is inevitable when it does. Businesses can prepare and react to ensure that they mitigate rather than feed the adverse effects on their own operations and on wider society.
Here we prepared 10 coronavirus prevention measures you should instruct your employees to take in order to reduce the danger of contacting COVID-19.
1. Avoid crowded areas where you are exposed to direct contact and/or interaction with a large number of people, such as public gatherings, queues, areas of heavy traffic, recreation areas.
Limit to the maximum any direct contact with others, besides those of the restricted family, through gestures such as a handshake, hugs, kiss of cheeks or hands, touching faces with hands. It is recommended, including with regard to the people you live with, not to come into direct contact until after hand sanitization when you return home.
Opt for work from home if you have this possibility offered by your employer.
2. Avoid touching surfaces that are frequently touched by other people, such as railings, doorknobs, handles, lift or access buttons. If you still have to touch these surfaces, protect yourself using disposable wipes.
3. Keep a significant distance of 1.5 meters from the other people you meet. If you are in public transportation try NOT to stand face-to-face with others. Make sure, after using public transport, that you have sanitized your hands before touching your face, nose or mouth.
Use routes or alternative modes of transport as far as possible to avoid crowded areas of human passing by. If the program allows you, use low-level time intervals for humans passing by. In urban areas, for small distances, it is recommended to use alternative travel arrangements, either by bicycle/electric scooter or walking.
4. Avoid travel to countries experiencing large numbers of new coronavirus infections (COVID-19) and discourage people from risk zones and countries with large numbers of coronavirus cases to return to the country.
If you are traveling to a country exposed to infection with the new coronavirus, there is a risk that at the time of return to the country, depending on the updating of red/yellow areas, you will need to remain in quarantine/isolation at home for 14 days with your family. If you’re returning to the country from risk zones go into self-isolation at home, which means the whole family will do the same.
Immediately report to your doctor if you have traveled to areas affected by a coronavirus (COVID-19), even if they were not on the list of areas under alert at the time. If you cannot contact your doctor you may call the urgency line.
5. Limit the use of banknotes and coins by opting for card/phone payments or online payments. The transmission of viruses is carried out in a significant share through money, with which a very large number of people contact, statistically.
6. Strictly follow the personal hygiene rules recommended by the authorities to protect both you and those close to you:
- Use the protective mask only if you have flu or cold symptoms to protect others;
- Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds after any contact with a potentially contaminated surface;
- Use paper towels, preferably, to wipe your hands;
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unhygienic hands;
- If you sneeze or cough cover your mouth and nose with a disposable napkin, which you take care to dispose of immediately in the trash;
- Frequently disinfected, with alcohol or chlorine solution, the areas with which you come into contact, both at home and at work;
- Ventilate several times a day the rooms in which you operate;
- Take antiviral drugs or antibiotics only at the doctor’s prescription;
- DO NOT drink liquids from the same glass/glass with other people and do not use the same cutlery;
- DO NOT come into direct contact with self-contained at home, regardless of whether or not they experience coronavirus-specific symptoms;
- Protective mask/surgical mask protects those around you if you have symptoms of flu or cold, as it prevents the spread of the virus by the respiratory route; The protective mask must completely cover the nose, chin, and mouth of the person wearing it.
Keep in mind that not in all cases infection with the new coronavirus is visible by specific symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath). The virus can also be spread by seemingly healthy people who are unaware that they are carriers of the new coronavirus. Inform yourself about the new coronavirus only from official sources!
7. Avoid, as a priority, the exposure of the elderly (over 65 years of age) and those with low immunity/associated diseases to others with flu or cold symptoms, in crowded areas or areas with heavy human trafficking. According to statistics, the most vulnerable people in the case of infection with the new coronavirus are elderly with multiple associated conditions (e.g. diabetes mellitus, chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer).
8. Tell the authorities of any case you are aware of may have come into contact with a confirmed person with the new coronavirus or would have come from an affected country (red area or yellow area) and which is not in isolation. You have a preventive attitude towards any case, as the spread of the virus is also possible on the part of people who do not exhibit specific symptoms.
9 Stay at home if you have symptoms of flu or cold (cough, fever, shortness of breath) and call your doctor to seek advice, DO NOT go to emergency units from the first moment. There is a risk, if you are carriers of the virus, to pass on to the new coronavirus to others. It is preferable to stay at home and then transfer to the hospital is carried out in an organized manner, respecting all containment measures.
10. If you are in self-isolation at home strictly follow the recommendations of the authorities, DO NOT leave your home in any way during the 14 days, receive no visitors or come into close contact with any people who provide you with food or products.
Here are the 10 prevention measures you should take in order to stay healthy.