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LAPO Workplace COVID-19 Prevention

LAPO Workplace COVID-19 Prevention

 

COVID-19 is caused by a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, that is, normally transmitted between animals and people. The 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a disease caused by this new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in human.

Coronaviruses can be transmitted from person-to-person, usually after close contact with an infected person, for example, in a household or healthcare setting. For this novel coronavirus, while most initial transmissions appeared to be zoonotic, person-to-person transmission is the most important common mode of transmission currently.

Currently, the incubation period i.e. time it takes to start showing symptoms of COVID-19 is assessed to be between 2 and 14 days.

Signs and symptoms 

The following symptoms may develop within the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • High body temperature
  • Tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems. Older people and those with long-term conditions like HIV, diabetes, respiratory diseases, hypertension and cancer are more vulnerable to developing serious complications arising from the disease.

Transmission

The spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (about 1 metre) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases with increasing close contact. Droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes contain the virus and this forms the main means of coronavirus transmission.

Prevention:

  • Avoid large crowd or staying in a small space with others and practice social distance
  • Eat in an isolated area in the workplace away from larger crowds.
  • Avoid face-to-face meetings
  • Choose alternative forms of communication such as phone, video conference, chat, instant messaging, etc.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick and stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with hands before washing with soap or cleaning with sanitizers.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

If you suspect a COVID-19 case 

If someone becomes unwell in the workplace and there is reason to suspect they may have come into contact with COVID-19, the unwell person should be removed to an isolated area behind a closed door in a well-ventilated office.

For contacts of a suspected case in the workplace, follow the guidance given by NCDC. The management will be contacted by the designated public health services to discuss the case, to identify people who have been in contact with them and to advise on any actions or precautions that should be taken.

If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, LAPO will inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as much as possible.

Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their Supervisor and HR and refer to NCDC guidelines to assess their potential exposure and the measures to take.

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