How to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at Work

By: Diana Rodriguez-Zaba
Updated on: March 12, 2020

The latest reports on COVID-19 in Chicago continue to raise serious concerns. We all want to do our part to keep everyone safe and healthy. Potential transmission of coronavirus must be addressed in busy work environments across the city and suburbs.

It’s our goal here at ServiceMaster by Zaba to share our expertise in mitigating pathogen-based outbreaks. Dealing with COVID-19 at work requires adopting and adhering to stricter routines for cleanliness on every level.

We want to help you improve preventative protocols that protect employees and customers from this ongoing health threat.

What We Know About COVID-19

Based on information from the CDC, we know this particular coronavirus is a new pathogen. As national health experts develop a better understanding of the respiratory illness, we all become better equipped to deal with COVID-19.

We know that it’s transmitted through sneezing, coughing and personal contact. It’s also believed that COVID-19 is spread by touching contaminated surfaces. Both types of transmission are especially concerning in office buildings and commercial facilities across Chicago.

COVID-19 Mitigation in Your Workplace

Now is the time to upgrade current routines for personal hygiene and cleanliness throughout your work environment. Mitigating the transmission of COVID-19 is challenging, but it can be done.

washing hands in chicago workplace to mitigate coronavirus
Washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap can help mitigate the spread of coronavirus at work.

In accordance with the latest CDC guidelines, we strongly recommend implementing the following 6-point action plan for preventing transmission and infection in your workplace.

1. Ensure Best Personal Hygiene Practices

Make sure all employees understand the importance of frequent hand washing using soap and water for a duration of least 20 seconds. If possible, set up no-touch access to soap dispensers, faucets and paper towels.

2. Practice Best Respiratory Etiquette

Encourage employees to cover noses and mouths with tissues when sneezing or coughing. If tissues aren’t available, employees should use shoulders or elbows to cover faces. Provide ample tissue supplies throughout the workplace alongside no-touch trash cans.

3. Disinfect High-Touch Points and Surfaces

Routinely disinfect high-touch points and surfaces, especially in common areas. For example, clean and disinfect stair rails, elevator buttons, door handles and light switches. Apply this same cleanliness regimen to individual offices and work areas between shifts.

Disinfect surfaces regularly with EPA registered disinfectants

4. Instruct Sick Employees to Stay Home

Make it clear that employees with COVID-19 symptoms are to stay home. They must follow this policy until they no longer have a fever and 24 hours have passed without additional symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath.

5. Encourage Safe Travel

If employees must travel for business, keep them posted on the latest CDC travel advisories. When possible, avoid travel by arranging online web conferencing or setting up group video calls.

6. Be Vigilant About Exposure

All employees should immediately notify supervisors if a family member shows symptoms of COVID-19. Share this information throughout the workplace. Develop a plan in advance that accommodates remote working from home.

Dealing With a Coronavirus Outbreak at Your Chicago Workplace? We Can Help

Even before this crisis, we constantly updated our protocols for handling pathogen and biohazard cleanup. Our rigorous methodology adheres to the strictest standards set by the CDC, FDA, EPA and OSHA.

coronavirus decontamination chicago

We’re prepared to deal with Chicago’s COVID-19 outbreak in these facilities and more.

  • Office buildings and retail centers
  • Foodservice and hospitality facilities
  • Industrial facilities and manufacturing sites
  • Daycare centers, schools and universities
  • Large and small residential living facilities
  • Clinics, laboratories and health care facilities

It’s our sincere hope that it won’t be necessary, but we are fully equipped and ready to serve you. Should any pathogen outbreak occur at your business, on your campus or inside your commercial facility, please call us immediately.

You can always depend on us here at ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba: 773-647-1985

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and does not constitute medical or other professional advice.

Why is this coronavirus called COVID-19?

The CO stands for corona, VI for virus and D for disease. The number 19 represents the December 2019 identification date of this particular coronavirus.

What are common symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms caused by COVID-19 include coughing, shortness of breath and fever. Respiratory problems appear in affected individuals within two to 14 days after exposure.

What does community spread mean?

Community spread indicates that an individual has become infected with COVID-19 without traveling to any country that has already been affected.