The Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. It’s a very serious respiratory illness and is related to MERS and SARS, both coronaviruses. Sadly, there have been many deaths from the current coronavirus, as there are many deaths during the flu season each year.
With that in mind, we thought now is the perfect time to review the top six ways to stop the spread of wintertime germs in the workplace.
- First and foremost, the best way to stop the spreading of germs is to not share them. If you’re feeling under the weather, stay home. It’s why you have sick days. You may have to reschedule a big meeting or miss out on the group birthday lunch, but it’s okay. Put your health (and those working around you) first.
- A close second is to wash your hands. Often. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, (or hum Mary Had a Little Lamb from start to finish and you should be good). If soap and water aren’t around, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth (or anyone else’s for that matter) with unwashed hands.
- When you feel a cough or sneeze brewing, cover it with a tissue and toss said tissue in the garbage. (And then rewash your hands.)
- Be sure to disinfect stuff that’s touched a lot, like light switches, doorknobs, microwave touchpads, refrigerator door handles, elevator and copier buttons, and common working spaces such as keyboards and phones.
- Don’t hang out with or near people who are obviously sick.
Need more information? No worries. Download the Contagious Diseases and Pandemic Toolkit from MRA’s website. It’ll help you inform your employees on best practices to help stop the spread of common illnesses as well as preparing for a pandemic. State links have been provided to help you stay on top of the current status of public health.