It should be strange if you have not yet heard of the coronavirus COVID-19, since it is the most popular word at this time. Every country is working hard to limit its spread because it is very contagious and has a high mortality rate, especially when it affects people more than 60 years old.
How do you protect yourself from catching the virus? If you’re feeling symptoms of a cold or flu, don’t take any chances , you should stay home until you recover, regardless of your age. If you are a manager, you should avoid pressuring employees to come to the office when they are sick as well. Similarly, I shouldn’t have to stress the importance of handwashing. The majority of infections are transmitted through the hands and despite the constant emphasis placed on handwashing, the majority of people don’t effectively wash their hands with soap.
What this means is that even if you only show up to work when you are healthy and you frequently and effectively wash your hands with soap, you are still susceptible to getting sick due to other people’s lack of emphasis on hygiene. Think of all the items that are frequently touched in an office. I sit right across from the break room in my office and can count at least five people who have touched the coffee machine this morning. A couple of feet to my right, one of my coworkers is currently showing another coworker something on her phone. We don’t think about how others can disrupt our hygiene and easily get us sick, but it happens every day.
This is a great concern during the flu season. With coronavirus shaking up the world the way it has, it has to be treated with the highest importance. Research has shown that the coronavirus can survive nine days on surfaces that haven’t been disinfected. Door handles, refrigerator doors and even shopping carts pose a risk. Thank goodness my local grocery store has disinfectant wipes by the entrance for me to wipe the handle of my shopping cart. Even when we are removed from flu season and coronavirus- I don’t know who’s touched that surface.