By Shawn Folks

We’ve all heard about it by now—the once animal-borne virus has made its way to the United States and can now be transmitted between humans. Media coverage of the coronavirus has been non-stop, and a public health emergency has been declared by President Trump. All this attention and concern has likely created anxiety among the average American worker and business owners.

Many of us are asking the question: should my business and employees be concerned about contracting the coronavirus? What building considerations and suggestions for managing coronavirus, flu and common colds are there?

While we should all take normal precautions to limit our contact with anyone affected by illnesses, there is no need to panic. However, there are several steps you and your employees can take to limit the spread of illness in the workplace, including the coronavirus.

Take Normal Precautions Now

Employees can take several commonsense steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, just as they can with the common cold or the flu!

Here are a few things we are doing during the flu season to reduce inter-office exposure:

1. Limit visits to team member’s offices, consider using phone over face to face.

2. Scanning and emailing documents instead of hand delivering.

3. Wash your hands frequently throughout the day, especially before mealtimes or before meeting others.

4. Encourage your team to work from home if they are sick and seek medical attention if symptoms of a cough, fever, or congestion persist.

How Can Guarantee Restoration Help

From our experience of cleaning bloodborne pathogens in hospitals to H1N1 cleanings in schools, our hospital division team understands how to minimize a building’s impact on employee health.

Other services we provide are anti-bacterial disinfectant cleaning of all services to fogging with an anti-disinfectant. There are different considerations in determining how we would approach a safe clean work environment.

Limit Business Travel to Certain Areas

If employees from your workplace frequently travel outside of the country or to cities within the United States which have been affected, it is vital these trips be limited if employees are elderly, have compromised immune systems, or are pregnant. These groups of people are more likely to be infected with the coronavirus and succumb to serious health impacts. Majority of deaths from the coronavirus have been among these groups, not healthy adults.

Depending on the nature of your business, you may want to take extra precautions to prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus, such as those in the healthcare industry. However, for those of us who aren’t at high risk for infection, we can simply take commonsense precautions every day to keep healthy from the common cold, the flu or even the coronavirus.

If your property has damage from any size water, fire or mold, give us a call at 1-800-349-4357 or visit us online at www.GuaranteeRestoration.com.

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