In January 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Specialists in visitor management, TDS have released some important tips to help effectively plan to protect your facility from the Virus Outbreak.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and other public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. However, long-term success cannot be taken for granted. All sections of our society including businesses and employers must play a role if we are to stop the spread of this disease.
Why do employers and businesses need to think about Covid-19?
Organisers of meetings and events need to think about the potential risk from Covid-19 because:
- There is a risk that people attending your meeting or event might be unwittingly bringing the Covid-19 virus to a meeting other might be unknowingly exposed to the Covid-19.
- While Covid-19 is a mild disease for most people, it can make some very ill. Around 1 in every 5 people who catch Covid-19 needs hospital treatment.
The Importance of Keeping Personally Informed and Updated
As there continues to be a worldwide concern about the strain and spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), it is becoming increasingly important to keep informed with regard to tackling the future spread of the virus and being as proactive in the workplace as possible.
Being Proactive and Limit the Spread of Germs in Your Workplace
Within offices and workplaces, the spread of germs can seem difficult to completely eradicate. However, by sticking to simple hygiene measures, you can single-handedly reduce your risk of contacting the virus while also eliminating the risk of passing it on to another person who may or may not be at a higher risk when presenting with the symptoms associated with Covid-19.
Here are some of the simple and necessary ways you can adhere to preventative measures:
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water are not avoidable.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Remain at home, as always, if you are sick, and avoid close contact with others.
- Immediately seek medical attention should you exhibit any symptoms of the coronavirus after having traveled to an infected zone, or if you come in contact with others who have traveled to any of those zones.
- Do not host guests/visitors in your office/workplace if they are known to have recently been to any of the identified zones, unless they have been back for at least 14 days and are symptom free.
- Follow the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affair if travelling to infected areas.
A number of countries have adopted specific protocols for people traveling from certain locations that involve screening, in some cases including quarantine.
Domestic and Other Travel Recommendations for the Safety of your Workplace
- Domestic travel and travel between countries not in risk zones should be limited to what is essential.
- Meeting remotely using video-conferencing and other technologies should be leveraged to limit travel.
- Travellers who are considering returning to work outside the recommended timeframes should take into account consideration any concerns expressed by the employees they intend to meet with in person.
Employees should self-quarantine at home and must not come into work for a period of 14 days, if:
- They have recently travelled to any of the risk zones, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms.
- They have been in close, personal contact with anyone who recently returned from one of the restricted areas, regardless if symptoms are present.
- They have travelled to the risk-zones and they have developed symptoms, however mild. Symptoms can include fever, cough or shortness of breath.
- They believe they have contracted the coronavirus.
- They are exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus.
- They have come in contact with someone who has been exposed to the coronavirus even though they have not traveled to any of the listed risk zones.
For further information and updates regarding the Covid-19 Virus, prevention and regional impacts, you can visit the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the World Health Organisation (WHO), or the HSE Coronavirus Information websites. You can also visit the website of the Health Authority in your location for up-to-date advice.
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