Mar 10 2020

Staying Safe From the Coronavirus

What every American and community can do now to decrease the spread of coronavirus

Keeping the workplace safe

Encourage your employees to...

Practice good hygiene 

  • Stop handshaking - use other noncontact methods of greeting
  • Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders by email
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Be careful with meetings and travel

  • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
  • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
  • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
  • Assess the risks of business travel

Handle food carefully

  • Limit food sharing
  • Strengthen health screening for cafeteria staff and their close contacts 
  • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene 

Stay home if...

  • They are feeling sick
  • They have a sick family member in their home

Keeping the school safe 

Encourage your faculty, staff, and students to...

Practice good hygiene 

  • Stop handshaking - use other noncontact methods of greeting
  • Clean hands at the door and at regular intervals
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Consider rearranging large activities and gatherings

  • Consider adjusting or postponing gatherings that mix between classes and grades
  • Adjust after-school arrangements to avoid mixing between classes and grades
  • When possible, hold classes outdoors or in open, well-ventilated spaces

Handle food carefully

  • Limit food sharing
  • Strengthen health screening for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
  • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene

Stay home if...

  • They are feeling sick
  • They have a sick family member in their home

Keeping the home safe

Encourage your family members to…

All households:

  • Clean hands at the door at regular intervals
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their face and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Households with vulnerable seniors or those with significant underlying conditions (Include heart, lung, kidney disease; diabetes; and conditions that suppress the immune system)

  • Have healthy people in the household conduct themselves as if they were a significant risk to the person with underlying conditions. For example, wash hands frequently before interacting with the person, such as by feeding or caring for the person
  • If possible, provide a protected space for vulnerable household members
  • Ensure all utensils and surfaces are cleaned regularly

Households with sick family members:

  • Give sick members their own room if possible, and keep the door closed
  • Have only one family member care for them
  • Consider providing additional protections or more intensive care for household members over 65 years old or with underlying conditions

Keeping commercial establishments safe

Encourage your employees and customers to…

Practice good hygiene:

  • Stop handshaking – use other noncontact methods of greeting
  • Clean hands at the door, and schedule regular hand wash9ing reminders by email
  • Promote tap and pay to limit handling of cash
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Avoid crowding:

  • Use booking and scheduling to stagger customer flow
  • Use online transactions where possible
  • Consider limiting attendance at larger gatherings

For transportation businesses, taxis, and rideshares:

  • Keep windows open when possible
  • Increase ventilation
  • Regularly disinfect surfaces

 

For additional guidance and updates, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website