Coronavirus or COVID-19 as it is now known is a respiratory illness which has caused many infections and deaths not only in China, where it originated, but also in other countries around the world. As this is a new disease, we are still learning about it, and so issues such as how long the incubation period could be are uncertain.
There is several precautions we are following and hope other companies do the same to prepare for a wider outbreak.
The government have suggested that 'social distancing' may reduce the spread or rate of spread of the virus therefore, we are recommending the following approach;
• If a client has requested a meeting prioritise remote meeting facilities to reduce unnecessary social contact and reduce travelling.
• Check the location and associated risks of travelling to the location.
• Where a meeting with a client is necessary prioritise travel by your own means rather than using public transport wherever possible.
• Carry hand sanitiser and wash your hands regularly as advised.
• If you normally work from home and travel to the office is not essential, then consider if working in the office is absolutely necessary.
• Where possible use remote meeting services such as Teams / Go To Meeting.
• It is believed that Coronavirus is infective during the 14-day incubation period, so you could be carrying it without having any symptoms and wouldn’t know; others you are in contact with may also be carrying the virus without any symptoms and could be infectious.
• Taking preventive measures means assuming that it is around and taking action accordingly. It is not a waste of time and is actually very cheap to implement the most effective measures, because these involve firstly washing your hands at critical times and second keeping dirty hands away from your face.
• Because the precautions for this virus are pretty much the same as for any respiratory virus, lessons learned may reduce the risk of getting other flu and cold viruses anyway, so it is not a waste of time to instil some good habits.
• Always sneeze or cough into the crook of your arm to prevent your hands becoming contaminated.
• If you use a tissue, bin it immediately, and don’t leave around on surfaces. Wash your hands or use hand gel afterwards.
• If anyone has flu symptoms such as cough, sneezing, fever, shortness of breath they should not come to work, and if concerned should dial 111 and ask for advice, before going to a GP surgery or chemist.
• Hand sanitizer for colleagues to use on the desk.
• It is critical that staff protect themselves by hand washing immediately after any cleaning activities.
For more information on the NT Assure policy, contact email@example.com.