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The virus has reached Ohio. Find out which common sense Coronavirus precautions can help delay it from reaching you.
Three cases of the Coronavirus have been confirmed in Ohio.
Washing hands for 20 seconds is a good Coronavirus precaution.
Older residents and people will illness are more vulnerable to contract the virus.
How does Cincinnati plan to prepare for the Coronavirus?
Right now, half of the population is stressing about the Coronavirus, while the other half is quickly booking half-price flights. The Ohio Department of Health has fifty confirmed cases of the Coronavirus and over 330 under health supervision.
The World Health Organization says people of all ages can be infected with the new coronavirus. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. Those who contract the Coronavirus will have a fever, cough and shortness of breath.
The reality of this situation is, not everyone can afford to miss work. Some may not have paid sick days or the flexibility to work from home. In order to stay healthy, Mariah Staples, MSN, RN, reminds us to follow these guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. While soap and water are better, hand sanitizer will work too. Although people should still wash their hands after using hand sanitizer several times a day.
- Remember to disinfect commonly used and touched objects like cell phones, doorknobs, light switches and countertops. This mindset should be used at work as well. Also, remember to wipe down machines and weights at the gym.
- Sneeze and cough in a tissue and throw it away. If no tissue is around, be sure to sneeze or cough in the middle of your arm.
- Avoid close contact with individuals when you (or they) are sick, especially with a fever.
- Don’t let this situation stress you. Continue your daily routine and again, WASH YOUR HANDS.
Help Prevent Workplace Exposure to the Coronavirus
The CDC has offered the following interim guidance to help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. These specified guidelines should also be used to prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace. Below is a snippet of strategies for employers to use. Learn more at CDC Interim Guidelines for Businesses and Employers.
– Actively encourage sick employees to stay home:
Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4 ° F [37.8 ° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. Cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
– Separate sick employees:
CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. Cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
– Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees:
Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to your workplace and in other work areas where they are likely to be seen.
– Perform routine environmental cleaning:
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.
– Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps:
Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found on the CDC website.
– Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurr Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19:
Employees who are well, but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
Everyone should take precautions now, to prevent a critical situation from happening later. Stay up-to-date with the most current numbers on COVID-19 cases by visiting the CDC’s COVID-19. If you have any questions, please call 1-833-427-5634 (1-833-4ASHODH). Be safe everyone!
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Marissa Staples, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati