As you return to work during the Covid-19 pandemic, things will not look or feel the same – any more than they do in other aspects of your life. It truly is a new normal and a shared responsibility among everyone to keep themselves and others safe.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health experts, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of Covid-19 spread. What else should you know as you transition back into the workplace?
When you go back to work, continue to practice the everyday prevention techniques that have become the norm since the onset of the coronavirus. It is thought that Covid-19 spreads mainly from person to person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected individual coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of others, or possibly to inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies also suggest that the virus may be spread by people who are not symptomatic.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
- Avoid making physical contact with anyone at work, including handshakes, hugs or fist bumps.
- Maintain social distancing even when walking down hallways or into office spaces.
- Avoid or limit the use of elevators – another reason to take the stairs if possible to enhance your health.
- Wear a mask whenever you’re in an area where you interact with other people. This includes stairwells, hallways, cafeterias, break rooms and restrooms, as well as other common areas.
If You Commute
The same rule of thumb applies: minimize close contact. Try to travel to and from work alone or with other household members. If you must use public transportation:
- See if you can adjust your hours to avoid the busiest times.
- Follow social distancing. Avoid touching surfaces, wear a mask that covers your mouth and hose, and practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
General Tips at Work or at Home
Wherever you are, use common sense and courtesy. A few more tips to avoid contracting Covid-19 include:
- Wash your hands often. Use soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. Or, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Clean and disinfect. This applies to any surfaces that are frequently touched, such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
- Monitor your health. Be alert for symptoms including a fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, extreme fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, a sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Continue to stay up to date on Covid-19 symptoms, as CDC recommendations evolve.
PrideStaff Fresno offers a full spectrum of resources and expert advice, whether you’re preparing to return to work, advance in your current role, or are seeking a new job opportunity. Most importantly, we can help you take care of yourself and stay safe at this critical time. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.