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What to do about the Coronavirus in the Workplace

On Mar 5, 2020

Over the past few weeks one question in particular has been pouring in – what do I, an employer, need to do about the Coronavirus? As HR professionals (you and us!), epidemiology and the prevention of pandemic are not our specialties. Thankfully, though, the CDC is on the job. Below are some links to useful information. The basic takeaways are actually quite simple, and go something like this:

  • Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. For at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep your hands off your face.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • If your employees feel sick, encourage them to stay home.
  • If your employees are visibly sick, send them home. This may cost you both money and productivity, but if they infect the rest of your workforce, that will ultimately be much more costly and dangerous to public health. Check state law for any “reporting time pay” requirements.
  • If you cough or sneeze, do it into a tissue if possible, and then throw it away. Your elbow/upper arm is next best. If you accidentally cough or sneeze into your hands, wash them immediately and disinfect anything you touched on your way to do so (e.g., doorknobs and sink handles).
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects often (e.g., doorknobs, sink handles, fridge and microwave doors, water cooler buttons, your phone).

Encourage employees to follow these guidelines by distributing them or posting them around the workplace. And now is also a great time to start thinking -- if you haven't before -- about what hardware and software employees may need to enable them to work from home.

Coronavirus Home Page
Prevention and Treatment
Handwashing – How To and Science
Coughing and Sneezing – Hygiene Etiquette

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