Listen, watch or read the news and we are aware that people here in the UK have now been confirmed as having Coronavirus however the risk still remains low.
Coronavirus is a type of virus and what you might not have known is that coronaviruses are common across the world however the latest outbreak in China has been identified as a new strain COVID-19.
So how do we protect ourselves and our colleagues against this and other bugs that are rive this time of year, you are more likely to catch the winter vomiting bug or a common cold then you are coronavirus.
Three key things for everyone to remember are to always carry tissues and use them for coughs and sneezes being sure to dispose of the tissue directly after use, keep dirty hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth and thoroughly wash your hands regularly with soap and water or sanitiser gel.
Hands are the main pathways of germ transmission so good hand hygiene is an important measure to avoid infection and germs spreading.
Norovirus i.e. the winter vomiting bug can also be contracted indirectly if surfaces or objects that have been touched are not cleaned properly.
Boost health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace by ensuring your washroom facilities are all in good working order and that supplies of soap etc. do not run low. Ensure you have adequate handwashing facilities in the kitchen too for when preparing food and that hand drying facilities are also available. Make lightweight cloths or disinfectant wipes readily available for the wiping down of surfaces including shared telephones and door handles etc. and ensure your working environment is being cleaned professionally on a regular basis.
Don’t forget to display posters too to remind staff and visitors of the importance of hand hygiene.
Deep cleans should also be carried out from time to time.
If you follow all of these simple and easy to implement infection control measures you can lessen the impact of seasonal viruses on your business.