With Coronavirus making its way through the US, and the number of cases increasing every day, it is time we start preparing for the worst. The FDA says “While the U.S. Government considers this a serious public health concern, based on current information, the CDC has determined that the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general American public is considered low at this time.” The CDC is still encouraging people to start taking preventative measures against the Coronavirus. It is important you prepare your security team because they will be handling the public and will have an extremely high chance of encountering Coronavirus.
While the incubation period for Coronavirus can last from 4-14 days, according to the CDC, signs a person has Coronavirus are:
- Shortness of breath.
How the virus spreads
Coronavirus spreads person to person through respiratory droplets from the nose and mouth of the infected person. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or exhales and the respiratory droplets come in contact with your mouth, eyes, and nose you can become infected with the virus. Additionally, you can become infected with Coronavirus if you touch an object that has recently come in contact with a person infected with Coronavirus then proceed to touch your eyes, mouth, or nose.
Taking preventative measures
While the World Health Organization (WHO) is hard at work coordinating efforts to develop a vaccine or specific drugs. At the current moment, the most effective way is to practice proper hygiene. Here are some suggestions based upon the FDA and WHO.
- Encourage your security team to wash their hands regularly. Not only will that help prevent the Coronavirus, but it can help prevent other viruses such as the flu and common cold, which all result in missed shifts.
- Have an alcohol-based hand sanitizer at the ready. While it’s not as good as handwashing, this is a quick preventative way you can use if you touch a surface that may have the virus on it.
- Have facemasks at the ready for people who are coughing or could possibly have Corona. You should also wear a mask if you are dealing with a person thought to be infected by Coronavirus. Make sure you apply the face mask properly. WHO made this great article explaining when and how to use a face mask.