COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease Guidance ūü¶† ūüė∑


Steps to Prevent Illness
 
 
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
  • It‚Äôs currently flu and respiratory disease season, and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
  • If you are a healthcare provider, be on the look-out for people who recently traveled to or from a country where the illness has been confirmed and have fever and respiratory symptoms.
  • If you are a healthcare provider caring for a COVID-19 patient or a public health responder, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
  • If you have been in a country where the illness has been confirmed or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activity. Please follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow spread of this virus. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your travel or exposure to a COVID-19 patient.
  • For people who show signs of flu like symptoms, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.
Symptoms & How to Protect Yourself
  • COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear between two (2) days or as many as fourteen (14) days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extensive information on the symptoms of this virus and how best to protect yourself and what to do if you have Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).¬† This guidance is available here:¬† https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
  • If you are looking for more information on how to protect your workers and employees, you can refer to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website
Environmental Cleaning
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • The most common question is performing environmental cleaning in your facilities.¬† Currently, the CDC is recommending the following:
    • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
    • No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.
    • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.
    • Conference room surfaces (desktops/chairs/remote devices/switches)
    • Handle surfaces ‚Äď (e.g. offices, egress doors, storage cabinets, coat racks, microwaves, toasters, refrigerator doors, etc.)
    • Kitchenettes/Bathroom faucet surfaces and paper towel dispensers¬†
    • Electronics ‚Äď (e.g. keyboards, mice, desk phone, cell phone)
The CDC Interim Guidance for Business and Employers, is available here. 
Prevention:
Follow these best practices to help keep yourself and others healthy:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after visiting the restroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard the tissue in the trash.
    • Stay home if you are feeling unwell, and check with your supervisor before returning to work.
Virus Survival on Hard Surfaces
  • In terms of how long the virus can survive on hard surfaces, the World Health Organization has provided guidance, which is:¬† ‚ÄúIt is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses.¬†
  • Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).¬†
    • If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.‚ÄĚ
  • This question is on the WHO FAQ page (https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses).¬† The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has also provided a list of disinfectants to use. ¬†
Contact Tracing
  • Once an employee is tested and they are confirmed to have COVID-19 the Health Department will begin contact tracing.¬† This involves asking the person who is infected who they came in contact with over the period in which they were infected. ¬†
  • The Florida Department of Health has provided a diagram of how contact tracing is conducted, it is available here.¬† ¬†
Please refer to the additional links for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19: 
 
Keep in mind that we will eventually recover!!!

About Niurka Castaneda

Niurka Castaneda is a Veteran, an author,  a professional logistician, a world traveler, and a dog & cat lover. She is a Realtor, an Entrepreneur and the Founder of Amor Umbrella & U design IT .  
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