Tips for Staying Healthy When Returning From the Coronavirus Lock down
During the COVID-19 outbreak, many businesses owners were forced to disrupt their work in order to protect their employees’ health and safety in the workplace and minimize the risk of spreading the virus. Now as the quarantine lock down winds down, many people are beginning to head back to work, even though the pandemic is still very much active. Here are some tips to help keep business employees healthy and reduce the risk of a secondary outbreak of the virus:
- If possible, employers should perform pre-screenings to measure each employee’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to them starting back at work.
- All employees should take their own temperatures at home and assess any illness symptoms before coming into work each day.
- Employers should develop policies to actively encourage sick employees to stay at home without fear of reprisals.
- If an employee comes in sick or becomes sick during the day, they should be sent home immediately and surfaces in their workspace should then be cleaned and disinfected. Employers should then recommend that the sick employee see a doctor, preferably by first using telemedicine services, and to get tested if the symptoms match those for coronavirus.
- All employees should wear a face mask or cloth face coverings at all times while in the workplace. Preferably, employees would also wear face masks to and from work, and any time that they’re interacting with others in shared spaces outside of the office.
- All employees should continue to practice social distancing as work duties permit in the workplace, maintaining 6 feet between each person. DO NOT congregate in break rooms or other crowded places.
- When possible, employees should also be encouraged to work remotely or in staggered shifts to further maintain social distancing between others.
- Routinely clean and disinfect all work space areas such as desks, cubicles, door handles, light switches, kitchens and break rooms, bathrooms, common areas, and shared electronic equipment.
- DO NOT share headsets or objects typically used near the face.
- When possible, employers should regularly air out the office space by opening windows and doors to let fresh air into the building.
- Signs should be posted around the office to remind employees to wash their hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time. And, when possible, employees should use hand sanitizer upon first arriving at work, after any bathroom breaks, before and after eating, contact with others, and anytime they return to the office building.
Also, fear and anxiety about the pandemic can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in people. Here are some easy tips to share with your coworkers for combating daily stress during these uncertain times:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
- Take deep breaths, stretch, or mediate.
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep.
- Make time to unwind by doing activities you enjoy.
- Communicate regularly with friends, family and people you trust about any concerns or anxiety you are feeling.
Remember, we’re all in this together. For more tips and information regarding COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.
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