What is Coronavirus? And why COVID-19?
Coronavirus is a family of viruses causing diseases like common cold and more severe illnesses like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The current outbreak is officially named as COVID-19 because it was first detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
Why it is different than Ordinary Flu and should not be spread?
Though there are similarities in the symptoms of ordinary flu and COVID-19, some key differences make it potentially far more dangerous. It is possible that COVID-19 is more infectious than ordinary flu. A crucial difference is that as there is currently no vaccine, it is harder to protect the most vulnerable, particularly the old. That’s why it’s so important to slow the spread of the virus.
How can an organization Prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Your organization can prevent the spread of Coronavirus and be more prepared for it by taking following steps:
– Maintain Hygiene
Regularly disinfect the office surfaces and objects. Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer, tissues and disposable wipes. Train employees about hand hygiene. These things should be taken care of even if there is no such outbreak!
– Sick Employees should stay home
If an employee shows signs of fever or respiratory illness, encourage them to stay home and not come to work until all symptoms have been absent for at least 24 hours. If symptoms arise while an employee is at work, try to ensure they are separated from their co-workers.
– Social distancing is a must
As the virus appears to spread primarily through proximity of infected people, it is good practice to avoid closeness in workplace. Employees should be encouraged work from home, especially those who are elderly, pregnant or with less immunity.
– Restrict and track the travel
Keep track of all tyopes of travel by employees, when planning business travel, check the CDC’s latest travel advice. Keep Employees updated.
If an employee has recently returned from a region with high risk of Coronavirus (currently China, South Korea, Iran and Italy), consider allowing them to quarantine for 14 days.
– Create/Update a Pandemic Preparedness Plan
In the event of the Coronavirus outbreak become more severe, or in case of any future pandemic, organizations should prepare crisis management plans establishing possible action that can be taken to ensure employee safety while assuring business continuity.
However, in addition to an effective crisis management system, an end-to-end business resiliency platform can help an organization to be well prepared for any type of disaster. It enables to perform risk and business impact assessments, create business continuity plans, manage incidents, train staff and also perform regular tests to ensure effectiveness of your plan.
A comprehensive and reliable solution allows you to save money, save time, and better prepare for crises.
As your organization addresses present business continuity and crisis management needs, we are here to facilitate the same and make it less stressful. Contact us to learn how other organizations are responding to this crisis and how we can help simplify and automate your BC program