Working Through a Pandemic


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COVID-19, or the coronavirus, was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) this past Wednesday 11 March 2020. By Friday 13 March 2020, the US declared a national emergency for the same reason.

Before the international and national declarations, local governments had declared their own state of emergencies due to the spread of coronavirus. With that, large gatherings have been postponed or cancelled, schools closed, and messages on washing hands and quarantining oneself as necessary emphasized.

But what about going to work? Workplaces are particularly good environments for spreading disease, as people remain in close proximity to each other for many hours at a time. While some companies have allowed their employees to work from home or use paid sick leave, many other employees do not have either option, and there are only so many sick days (usually five) that can be used in a year.

Pandemic or not, until there are policies in place that can protect the health and safety of all employees, we have to be individually proactive about taking the necessary precautions to minimize our chances of exposure to infectious disease. Below are simple, yet impactful tips that we should all practice, whether we are working from home or not.

Your Hands - wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using warm water when possible. Use hand sanitizer when soap is not available.
Your Hand Towels - if you use hand towels to dry your hands, remember that they need to be cleaned often, too.
Your Phone - the virus can survive on glass for several days; clean your phone frequently.
Common Surfaces - it's through common surfaces like countertops, remote controls, desks, and other furniture and items that have the high potential to transfer disease, so disinfect them regularly.

Your Face - one of the hardest things to not do, but one of the easiest ways to infect yourself. Don't touch it!
Others' Hands, etc. - minimize handshakes, high-fives, and the likes. Give a nod, tap feet, wave, or simply greet others verbally. For those with jobs that do require a lot of contact with people or common surfaces, consider wearing gloves.

Wishing you health, safety, and financial security,

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