Coronavirus Precautions: How Can You Protect Yourself?

Coronavirus. There is no other word in recent memory that has sparked as much panic as the mention of COVID-19 disease. It can be easy to get caught up in the fury of news items, rumors, and misinformation that spread alarm faster than the disease itself. However, this is no time to be terrified. As long as you take the proper precautions at home and at work, you can help prevent or slow the spread of the virus to your community.

Coronavirus Prevention Tips

As HR experts, it’s Synergy’s job to stay on top of rapidly developing sicknesses like this. To help you, we’ve reviewed resources from the CDC and the Red Cross and have summarized key recommendations that can help you in your everyday life.

  • Do not panic. This cannot be stressed enough. Spreading fear is creating many unnecessary but severe economic, social, and emotional problems.
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds each time using soap and water. Do this especially before eating, after using the bathroom, and after blowing your nose.
  • Keep hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol handy at all times. Use it when you’re unable to wash your hands and after coming into contact with frequently touched public surfaces.
  • Disinfect surfaces in your home and car using a cleaning product proven to kill coronavirus. A list of these products is available at this link.
  • Do not wear surgical masks unless you show flu-like symptoms. These can trap moisture and attract germs, placing you in greater risk while causing a shortage for medical providers.
  • Maintain a 30-day supply of prescription and over-the-counter medication that treats fever. Most people will recover from COVID-19 like they recover from a bad flu at home.
  • Practice basic good hygiene. Do not touch your eyes, mouth, or nose, cover your coughs and sneezes, and avoid close contact with others or public surfaces.
  • Review your health plan. You might only visit your doctor for an annual checkup and be unsure of what it means to visit with the flu. Reviewing your benefits will provide reassurance that you’re covered.

Coronavirus Precautions at Work

Taking the proper precautions in your personal life will give you a head start, but you must also protect yourself from the coronavirus while at work.

  • If you feel sick or show any symptoms of illness, do not go to work. Notify your workplace as soon as possible. Currently, most employers are extra flexible with sick time and will encourage you to stay home to recover.
  • If you’re caring for someone in your household who is sick, consider staying home from work.
  • Stop shaking hands. Others will want to refrain from shaking hands as well, so it will not be perceived as rude.
  • Change your face-to-face meetings to calls or video chats when possible.
  • Postpone work trips during this initial coronavirus outbreak. If you must travel, drive yourself rather than taking a short flight that requires you to visit an airport.
  • Speak to your supervisor about working remotely. Employers are trying to limit employee contact and will encourage you to work from home if you’re able to perform your duties from outside the office.
  • Talk to your boss or HR department with any questions or concerns you may have. It’s what they are there for.

Coronavirus Precautions for You and Yours

As you take the proper precautions to protect yourself from contracting the coronavirus, the flu, or even a cold, remember that this is more than just about you; it’s about protecting your community. You may have a strong immune system and could perhaps carry the coronavirus without showing symptoms, but you would still be able to transmit it to your loved ones or coworkers. Follow the above guidelines to ensure a healthy winter and spring for you and those around you.

Have questions or wish to discuss coronavirus precautions further? Reach out to us today.