The CDC has provided guidance on how to stay safe as communities and businesses are opening. While it is tempting to resume some daily activities and gather with friends and family, it is also imperative that you implement safety precautions to help reduce to risk of infection and spread. Understanding potential risks and adopting different types of prevention measures will help you protect yourself and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
As a reminder, if you have COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home. In all circumstances, be sure to follow CDC’s recommendations.
What to consider before you go
How many people will you interact with?
The more people you interact with, the higher your risk. Interacting with people who are not social distancing or wearing cloth face coverings increases your risk. Engaging with new people also raises your risk. Some people have the virus and do not have any symptoms, and it is not yet known how often asymptomatic people can transmit the virus to others.
Can you keep 6 feet of space between you and others? Will you be outdoors or indoors?
The closer you are to other people who may be infected, the greater your risk of getting sick. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions. Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces.
What is the length of time that you will be interacting with people?
The more time you spend with people who may be infected, the greater your risk of becoming infected. Spending more time with people also increases their risk of becoming infected if there is any chance that you may be infected without knowing.
Determining Your Level of Risk
Asking these questions can help determine your level of risk:
- Is COVID-19 spreading in my community?
- What are the local orders in my community?
- Will my activity put me in close contact with others?
- Am I at risk for severe illness?
- Do I live with someone who is at risk for severe illness?
- Do I practice everyday preventive actions?
- Will I have to share any items, equipment, or tools with other people?
- Will I need to take public transportation to get to the activity?
- Does my activity require travel to another community?
- If I get sick with COVID-19, will I have to miss work or school?
- Do I know what to do if I get sick?
Safety Service Options to Protect You
As MA enters Phase 2 of the reopening plan, and with COVID-19 still a concern, following safety measures and CDC guidelines is crucial in reducing the risk of infection and spread.
COVID-19 CONSULTING BUNDLE – Written directive/policy on requirements which can be either a corporate policy or a site-specific policy.
COVID-19 TRAINING (INFECTION CONTROL) – We offer Open Enrollment Classes and Private Company Sponsored Classes made available at your convenience.
COVID-19 June 11th WEBINAR – What Employers Need To Know About Covid-19 Testing & Accelerating The Return To Work – Click here to watch webinar video recording.
If you have concerns about your workforce and coronavirus, please contact us today to learn about steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, and your employees.