During the pandemic, everyone’s working differently. Many are working from home, but that’s not always the case for those who are considered essential workers. People working at essential businesses – healthcare facilities, gas stations, grocery stores, law enforcement, restaurants offering delivery or pickup, and others – are still working on premises. These workers run the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 at work and potentially bringing it home or infecting others. If you’re an essential worker, here are some things you can do protect yourself and those you come into contact with:
Wear a mask. By covering your mouth and nose with a face mask, you’re protecting those who you come into contact with if you’re infected with COVID-19 but not showing symptoms.
Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces. Use disinfectant wipes or a bleach solution to wipe down keyboards, card readers, counters, door handles, telephones and other surfaces that you and others frequently touch.
Take your temperature before work. If it’s normal, follow all other safety precautions and go to work. If it’s high, call your supervisor, doctor, and stay home.
Don’t share equipment or tools. This is especially important for telephones or headsets, which are close to your mouth and nose. If sharing a tool or piece of equipment is unavoidable, wipe it down thoroughly and disinfect it.
Practice social distancing. Stay at least six feet away from co-workers and others throughout the day. If a meeting is necessary, use videoconferencing or teleconferencing or, if none of the options are available, hold the meeting in an open, well-ventilated space with all participants at least six feet apart.
Wash your hands.Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of the most effective ways to avoid being infected.
Protecting Yourself if You’re a First Responder or in Law Enforcement
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) have detailed guidance for each group of these essential workers. If
you’re in law enforcement, you can visit their site
for recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) and how to protect yourself
Protective Steps to Take After You Leave Work
After you’ve finished working, wash your hands
before you leave. Also pay attention to how you’re feeling and whether or not
you have symptoms like fever, shortness of breath, or a dry cough, which are
all indicative of COVID-19 infection. Wipe down your car door handle, seatbelt,
and steering wheel before driving home. Once you’re home, it’s recommended that
you take the following steps:
off the shoes you wore before entering your home.
out of your clothes, then wash your hands immediately before touching clean
clothes. The CDC hasn’t issued guidance on how long the virus that causes
COVID-19 can live on clothes, if at all, but it’s still a good idea to take
your dirty work clothes immediately using your normal detergent.
all normal precautions, such as washing your hands frequently and disinfecting
high-touch surfaces often.
Baptist Health has guidance on cleaning and disinfecting your home here.
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