Best Practices for Protecting Yourself and Your Team From Viruses

Best Practices for Protecting Yourself and Your Team From Viruses

While the CDC’s COVID-19 current public health risk has been assessed as low for the general American public, we wanted to provide you with some information that you can pass along to your employees.

Please see the below links for current information regarding the outbreak.

Helpful Resources

CDC – COVID-19 Overview

CDC – Prevention and treatment

U.S. Department of State Travel Information

WHO – COVID-19 Overview

Johns Hopkins Interactive Map

Best Practices for Protecting Yourself and Your Team

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Stay home if you experience any flu-like symptoms, had suspected contact with someone infected, or traveled to a CDC Warning Level 1, 2, or 3 country.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and practice Social Distancing – keeping appropriate amount of space between yourself and others and avoiding large crowds.
  • Become conscious of your own touches – when you touch your desk, computer, phone, mouse, then your face.  Once you are conscious of it, you will notice how often you need to wash or sanitize your hands.  Hand washing should be with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and you should try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Replace handshake with alternative greeting (elbow bump, etc.).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Adapt the Way We Do Business to Minimize Interruption

  • Assess whether travel plans are mission-critical or whether objectives can be achieved via video conference and avoid all travel to high-risk areas as identified on the CDC web site.
  • Plan Ahead. Determine your team’s workload over coming weeks and plan for how we get the job done in the event that certain employees are unable to perform work functions due to illness or quarantine.
  • Ensure you have everything you need to be productive remotely in case of a business interruption –access to the shared drive, video conferencing programs installed, computer chargers at home, etc.
  • Prepare employees to be productive from home, especially if they haven’t had significant experience working remotely.  Establish a reporting framework (recurring calls, video conferences, etc.) to successfully manage a remote workforce.

 

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Jason has worked in ethics and compliance for over twenty-five years, consulting with Fortune 500™ companies across the business ethics and compliance spectrum, including assessing and strengthening corporate values initiatives, instituting leadership engagement efforts, developing and revising codes of conduct and policies, designing and implementing related procedures, developing monitoring systems, conducting risk, culture and program assessments.

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