2020 Double Whammy
As temperatures drop, COVID-19 and flu cases push the limits of what our healthcare system can handle. We do not yet know how influenza (the seasonal flu) and COVID-19 will interact with each other. The best thing you can do is create a work environment that spreads neither.
Good News? The same proactive steps that prevent COVID-19 from spreading also prevent influenza from spreading. That means that if you already have precautions in place, you will see fewer occurrences of both viruses.
Bad News? Not everyone is following the CDC guidelines.
What can you do as a team leader and business owner in your community? You can help prevent the spread of airborne germs in the workplace.
There is more, though. Leadership isn’t just about providing equipment to your employees and expecting them to use it. It is also about setting the expectation that they follow through to keep their fellow employees and customers safe.
Encourage Hand Washing
Both COVID-19 and the flu last longer on surfaces under colder temperatures. Hands touching things can quickly become a danger to your employees and customers.
So how do you the community that you’re taking this seriously? First, have hand sanitizer visible. Placing hand sanitizer stations by the entrance will set the expectation that it should be used. Placing bottles outside restrooms and, if applicable, at the register will also help remind customers that it is not just themselves that they are put at risk.
Another suggestion is to put 20 seconds of a song’s lyrics, laminated, above the sinks in your restrooms. Encourage people to sing it while scrubbing
Provide Face Shields
If your staff work in pairs outside, it doesn’t matter how many times you tell them not to share tools…they are going to share tools.
If you are a first responder, you will come into close contact with other people. The size of the group doesn’t matter. If you work in a restaurant, there is no working from home.
So what are you going to do to protect your team? Face masks are great for preventing YOU from spreading viruses to other people.
Face shields protect you from other people who cannot bring themselves to:
- Wash their hands
- Cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing
- Stay away from large groups of people
Your business needs to stay open; your employees have to be onsite for you to operate. Do the best you can for your employees and get them to face shields to protect them from the Flu and COVID-19.
Brief Relief Face Shields add a better layer of protection for your employees. Some of the features include:
- Shield tilts for versatile use
- Adjustable strap
- Comfortable to wear for long periods
- Covers your entire face
- Soft foam padding provides additional ventilation and reduces fogging
- Made from durable PETG, which is mentioned as one of the best materials for face shields by the FDA