Category: Outbreak

Want to protect yourself from Coronavirus? So first, make your working environment safe!

How much time do we all spend at work, shaking our hands with friends or colleagues, using shared bathrooms or eating together? The answer is enough! Enough time to be exposed to the environment, where Coronavirus can be beaten if your employer will act right.
Coronavirus Preventation - Hand Washing Hands

We are at Soapy gathered simple rules/actions that you can advise your employer to implement, so that your workplace will be safe and healthy.

Rule #1
Everyone is washing their hands properly for at least 20 seconds.
Action #1
The employer needs to assure that the workplace is sparkly clean. Bathrooms, toilets, and kitchens should get additional attention. These places should have appropriate posters that explain all aspects of proper hand-washing procedures. See the poster below:
Post in Hebrew and Russian can be found here.
Rule #2
Everyone should practice correct coughing and sneezing etiquette (cover your mouth and nose entirely with a tissue or your upper sleeve).
Action #2
The employer needs to provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.
Rule #3
Sick employees shouldn’t return to work until their temperature has stayed below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) for at least 24 hours, without the help of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicine, the CDC said.
Action #3
The employer needs to give an opportunity to work from home for people who already ill or just came from countries that were listed as high-risk.
If you are an employer, you can maintain the right hygiene routine of your emloyees just by adding an ECO – smart hygiene station that ensures everyone washes their hands properly. Order it here.
Source: CNN
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CDC – Food workers washed their hands in only 27% of activities in which they should have.

New research of the CDC reveals that food workers washed their hands in only 27% of the activities in which they should have.
Based on the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recommendations when workers need to wash hands
  • Eating,
  • Drinking,
  • Using tobacco,
  • Coughing,
  • Sneezing,
  • Using tissue,
  • Preparing raw animal products,
  • Handling dirty equipment, and
  • Touching the body (such as scratching your nose).
CDC found that overall, workers engaged in about 9 activities an hour that should have involved handwashing with water and soap. Unfortunately, in most of the cases, they did not:
Other interesting find was that, workers were more likely to wash their hands at the right time when they were not wearing gloves than when they were.
The research was conducted by the Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net). EHS-Net is a federally funded collaboration of federal, state, and local environmental health specialists and epidemiologists.
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The Guardian: How to wash your hands properly

The bad bacteria we pick up on our fingertips can lead to infection, but we often miss them when washing. An expert from the Royal College of Nursing advises on how to maintain good hygiene
Working up a lather. Photograph: Flashpop/Getty Images
Two types of bacteria live on our hands: resident bacteria, which are rarely implicated in infection and are good for the skin, and transient bacteria, which we pick up on our fingertips when we touch surfaces. The latter are the ones we want to remove.
You should wash your hands after going to the toilet, or changing a sanitary towel or tampon; after changing a nappy; before preparing food, after handling raw meat; and before eating. It is easy to pick up bacteria and viruses when travelling on public transport, so wash your hands afterwards.
You need soap and, ideally, running water, but a bowl of water will do. Wet hands thoroughly and apply liquid or bar soap – if you apply soap to dry hands, it can act as an irritant and you don’t get coverage all over your hands. Rub your palms together, then interlink your fingers and rub them together. Next, place the fingertips of one hand in the palm of the other and rub, and vice versa. Rubbing the hands together creates friction, which removes the bacteria and creates a lather. Within that lather is the bacteria you have removed, ready to be washed away. Once you have worked up a good lather and rubbed all the surfaces together, rinse your hands and dry thoroughly, not forgetting in between the fingers. If you are out and using a paper towel, don’t lift the lid of the wastebin with your clean fingers. At home, change hand towels twice a week, or more often if someone has an infection such as norovirus.
Rose Gallagher is the professional lead for infection prevention and control at the Royal College of Nursing. She was talking to Emine Saner.
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