Tips to protect against coronavirus at work

May 03, 2020
Paul Johnson

The coronavirus pandemic is a global one, and it caught all of us wondering what to do to stay safe and prevent ourselves from getting infected or infecting others. Though most organizations will have no other choices but to close down their offices, this might not be applicable in the health sectors as a result of the importance of the industry in times like this.

It is therefore fitting to find out ways to keep everyone abreast of ways to keep themselves safe from the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world. Everyone should believe that all that they touch has germs and should be of the opinion that mostly everything is contaminated now.

Below are some essential practices to adopt to keep yourself and your colleagues safe at work:

  1. Wash your hands more regularly

As simple as it may sound, it is the first approach to ensuring your safety against coronavirus. You must wash your hands with soap and water at regular intervals for at least twenty seconds. This is still the best and most straightforward piece of advice to protect you and yours against the COVID-19 strain as well as other contaminants.

Since health workers like you handle different health-related equipment and attend to patients with various categories of diseases, it is expedient you wash your hands regularly. More so, when you are not able to wash your hand with soap and water, you should clean your hands with hand alcohol-based sanitizers that have at least 60% alcohol content.

   2. Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose or mouth)

COVID-19, like other influenza-related diseases, often spreads when people touch contaminated objects and further their eyes, nose or mouth. Since the virus can survive for a while on objects such as doorknobs and we are continually touching these surfaces at work, you should refrain from touching your face at this period to prevent yourself from contracting the virus.

The coronavirus can be picked up by hands and enter into the body through the mucous membrane on the face, including the eyes, nose, and mouth, which are pathways to the throat and lungs. Hence, wearing a mask can help to reduce the tendency at which people touch their faces.

  1. Practice social distancing

Social distancing is the deliberate act of increasing the physical space between people to avoid the spread of COVID-19. During this coronavirus pandemic, individuals are allowed to work from home and schools are even closing up for students to take classes online.

However, for health workers whom their work require them to still be at the office to discharge their duties, staying at least six feet away from other people lessens the chances of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

More so, by practising social distancing, you are expected to deliberately avoid crowded areas and reduce the amount of interaction with people who might have carried the virus without a visible display of any of the symptoms. These preventive measures are appropriate tips to help workers prevent themselves from the raging pandemic as they carry on with their day to day activities.