As our understanding of SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus) continues to deepen, so too does our understanding of how to combat the spread of the disease. As we now know, COVID-19 spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It may also spread when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. The disease causes respiratory illness with symptoms such as a cough, fever, fatigue, and in severe cases, shortness of breath and breathing difficulty. To better protect your health and that of your employees, we recommend the following the behavioral measures to prevent spread of this contagious virus:
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill
- Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel ill
- Do not touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean
Environmental measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 may include routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces in your household or workplace. These surfaces may include tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucet handles, and sinks. All cleaning products are not created equal, and it’s important to know which products specifically work on the coronavirus, how to use them for maximum effectiveness, and which products to avoid.