If you’re headed back to the office soon, it can be a worrisome transition following the Coronavirus. As the Nation slowly begins to reopen, there is a wide range of safety protocols being implemented as well. Depending on the state you live in, there could be more strict guidelines for both employees and businesses. Here are the basics of what you need to know about heading back into the office:
Assess Your Symptoms Before Coming In
The Coronavirus can be tricky, some people experience grueling symptoms of the virus, while others are asymptomatic and don’t experience any. Before going into the office, assess your own symptoms. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, don’t go into the office and expose others to your symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Check in with yourself each morning and take your temperature as well. If you have a fever, stay home!
Practice Social Distancing
When the Coronavirus hit, the United States took precautionary measures to keep people safe and healthy. One of these safety measures was social distancing. Social distancing consists of keeping a safe distance of 6 feet from others. The spread of the Coronavirus can come from airborne droplets resulting from coughing, sneezing, and talking, or from touching infected surfaces. The social distancing preventative measure is intended to protect you and others from airborne droplets and prevent the spread of the virus. Since people don’t know for days after that they have the virus, it’s important that you still practice social distancing measures as you head back into the office.
Keep Your Office Space Clean
Did you know that the average desk has about 400 more bacteria than the average toilet? The average desktop contains 20,961 germs per square inch and about another 5,000 on your keyboard and mouse. Cleaning your desktop, keyboard, and mouse daily can help drastically minimize the amount of bacteria and viruses that can be spread. Use a sanitary alcohol wipe or add a small amount of Remedi Pure Ethyl Rubbing Alcohol to a cloth and wipe. Both solutions will sterilize and kill 99.9% of germs to keep your office space clean.
Know The Power of Masks
The most common way of spreading the Coronavirus is through person-to-person contact. People carry the virus in their saliva and it is extremely contagious when you come into contact with an infected person. Wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose prevents your saliva droplets from spreading to others. You want to wear a mask that is comfortable and breathable and has layered protection. Wearing a mask when you go back to the office is great for daily protection from allergens, bacteria, viruses and airborne pollutants helping you breathe easier while also protecting others from your coughs and sneezes.
Wash Your Hands Correctly
Only 1 in 5 people washes their hands correctly. It’s imperative to know how to and practice the correct hand washing methods to keep your hands clean and germ-free. Wet your hands, lather them with soap, rubbing them together, scrubbing the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. The CDC recommends washing your hands for 20 seconds and drying with a sanitary, dry towel.
When soap and water are unavailable, it’s best to be prepared with a 70% alcohol hand sanitizer that will kill germs on the spot whenever and wherever you need it.
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