Healthy Boundaries in a Healthy Workplace: 4 Practical In-House Tips for Dealing with the Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic that is changing the way people work, live, and play. The children are all staying home, many adults are being forced to work from home, and those who still must go into work are facing new and unusual working conditions.

The question that many people have now is how they can stay healthy and keep their immune system strong to avoid getting sick. While there are some business law recommendations and requirements available to use as guidelines, the tips here will also help.

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1. Stay Home if Possible

With the seriousness of this disease, many businesses are offering work at home options for their employees. If this is offered, do it. Even if someone doesn’t have any underlying health conditions and doesn’t show any symptoms, it’s important to be extra cautious to protect themselves and others.

The goal is to stay away from other people, which is called social distancing. Experts believe the virus travels through droplets, so it’s necessary to limit exposure to other people, which can help someone protect themselves.

For those who are considered essential employees, try to avoid taking public transportation and limit any nonessential travel. While going outside is fine, it’s best to avoid close contact with other people.

2. Handwashing is a Must

While this doesn’t’ seem very scientific, it works. When someone must go out in public, they need to wash their hands. Just splashing water on the hands won’t be enough.

A handwashing refresher is to wet a person’s hands, scrub with soap, and make sure to scrub between the fingers and under the nails. Always continue washing for a minimum of 20 seconds, which is how long it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. Be sure to wash the thumbs well, too as many people forget about these. According to the CDC, it’s necessary to avoid touching a person’s eyes, nose, or mouth until they have washed their hands.

3. Use Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers

While at work, always make sure to have access to an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Rub this in for a minimum of 20 seconds, which can be effective, but it’s necessary to use a formula with at least 60 per cent alcohol. Be sure to rub down any high-touch surfaces in the office, such as handles, tablets, or phones. Wear gloves too, if possible.

4. Be Informed

Having the most accurate information can help to protect a person and ensure they don’t pick up the COVID-19 virus. The most reliable source of information is the CDC. Here a person can find updated information along with the local health department. If a stay at home order is issued in the area, it is a good idea to follow it. This is the best way to avoid picking up the virus.

Even if a stay at home order is issued, essential employees will still have to report to work. In this situation, using the tips and information found here is a good way to stay healthy and avoid picking up the virus. While there are no guarantees, these are the best and most effective ways to mitigate the risk of this disease. Unfortunately, symptoms may not appear for up to 14 days, which is why it is so important for everyone to take the proper precautions to protect themselves and to protect others.

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