In light of the developments surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak (now known as COVID-19), we write to provide some guidance from here at SolutionWorx.  It should be noted that this illness, while aggressive, ultimately belongs to the family of viruses that cause the common cold. The CDC latest fact sheet, available here, recommends the following ways of protection:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

In times of crisis, it is more challenging to obtain accurate and consistent data.  Understanding the scope of an issue is critical to evaluate risk to your business, employees, and community.  We’ve found this as a good source of raw data regarding Coronavirus:

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CDC Recommended Strategies for Employers to Use Now

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Separate sick employees if they become sick in the workplace
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning
  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps
    • Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country
    • Advise employees to check themselves for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel and notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
    • Ensure employees who become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment understand that they should notify their supervisor and should promptly call a healthcare provider for advice if needed.
    • If outside the United States, sick employees should follow your company’s policy for obtaining medical care or contact a healthcare provider or overseas medical assistance company to assist the