Learn the symptoms, complications, and protective
measures to stay safe.
The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is, without doubt, going to change the way we engage, the way we work and will change the face of business as we know it. What initially started as a localised health crisis has crystallised into a global economic issue as many businesses can no longer continue with operations as usual.
We know it is very essential to have the right information in this period of time. Likewise, it is crucial to take the right actions to prevent the further spread of the disease.
We understand the current outbreak is worrying,
and we want to take a moment to share the ways
we can all help keep our workplaces safe.
Stay home when sick
If you experience cold, flu-like symptoms, high fever or simply a running nose, please stay at home. This is because the virus manifests as flu-like symptoms in 80% of infected individuals. The average incubation period for COVID-19 is 14 days so please stay at home for that length of time in order to ensure that you have not contracted the coronavirus.
Please observe self-isolation for 14 days if you’ve recently visited a city with a confirmed case of the virus. It doesn’t matter if the trip was business-related or for personal travel, please refrain from entering the workplace for 14 days.
Observe proper cough and sneeze hygiene
If coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow — not your hand — and discard the tissue immediately after. Make sure you wash your hands afterwards.
Clean & Disinfect all surfaces
The indirect mode for transmitting Coronavirus disease is through contact with Fomites — objects/surfaces/items that we commonly touch and are likely to carry infections.
Reduce the chances of transmission from fomites like doorknob, door handle, elevator button, ATM button, staircase rail, remote, work desktop, shared computers, phones e.t.c. by keeping your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Clean all surfaces with household disinfectants e.g. Jik, Hypo, Diluted Chlorine Solution as frequently as possible.
Stock up on multivitamins
Healthy individuals are less susceptible to contracting the coronavirus. Vitamins B6, C, and E are all known for their immune-boosting properties.
Stay at home if you’ve had contact with a potentially infected person
The virus is easily transmitted from person to person. Please stay isolated for 14-days if you’ve had contact with a confirmed case or a potentially infected person. This includes persons returning from high-risk countries, those who have had contact with infected people and those who have exhibited symptoms of being infected by the virus.
Wash hands regularly
Proper hand washing remains the best way to prevent transmission of the virus. Wash your hands BEFORE touching your face/eyes/nose/mouth, eating, drinking, cooking, and AFTER coughing, sneezing, or using the restroom. Wash your hands as soon as you get home and at regular intervals throughout the day. Use warm soapy water and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, or the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice
Alternatively, alcohol-based hand sanitiser is effective as well. Sanitisers have been made available at your various places of work. Endeavour to use this as many times as needed.
Rely on virtual communication when possible
In an effort to cut down on human-to-human contact, please cut down on in-person meetings as much as possible and communicate via videoconferencing or phone calls.
The coronavirus impacts every person, every town, every nation and every business around the world. With 66 countries on partial or full lockdown and some more on the way, no one knows how significant the economic loss will be.
It is therefore imperative that business leaders begin to find & take practical, sustainable and sensible actions to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and navigate it successfully.
We understand that when faced with a crisis, most leaders are forced to think and behave in ways that feel unfamiliar. Reading and implementing the 7steps in these guidelines will help you to navigate your business through this slowdown successfully, ensure you remain calm, maintain a sense of perspective as well as steady your business to minimise losses and keep your operations as healthy as possible through this pandemic.