Coronavirus and Pandemic Planning

General Information

 

The following may be used as a guide for dealing with or preparing to prevent and to respond to the Coronavirus and other such virus events.  This information comes from sources that include The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Homeland Security, The American Red Cross and others.  This is only meant as a resource to enhance awareness.

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Coronavirus - Information for Employees at Work & at Home

Common signs may include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. The onset is sudden and the illness is generally mild (although it can be more severe in older people). The duration of the illness is normally short, rarely more than a couple of days and most people make a full and rapid recovery. Symptoms usually appear within 24-48 hours of being exposed to the virus. Even after a patient’s vomiting or diarrhea has stopped, they can still need to shed the virus from their body for at least 48 hours. Stay isolated if you suspect you have the Coronavirus.

 

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

GO TO YOUR DOCTOR OR THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM, and;

Avoid touching your face with your hands.  This is the main entry point of the virus into your body.

Stay home except to get medical care.  You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas or use public transportation.

 

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.  As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.   Do not handle pets or other animals while sick.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor.  If you have an appointment, call the provider’s office and tell them about any symptoms that you may have so they can better prepare for your visit.

Wear a face mask – While targeted for elderly and those who may be susceptible to illness, you could wear a face mask around other people if the situation appears to warrant it.

Cover your coughs and sneezes - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or

sneeze and discard in a lined trash can.  Immediately wash your hands with soap and water.

 

Avoid sharing personal household items - You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean your hands often - Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.

Hand washing is the most important activity to prevent the spread of such viruses, do so:

  • After using or cleaning the toilet

  • After attending to anyone with diarrhea or vomiting

  • After touching anything contaminated by diarrhea or vomiting

  • After handling contaminated clothing or bedding (including nappies)

  • Before handling, preparing, serving, or consuming food or drink

 

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day - High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

Monitor your symptoms - Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g.

difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. Put on a face mask before you enter the facility.

These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.

 

Discontinuing home isolation - Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home

isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

Are there any other instances where this virus may be prevalent? - Airports, Train Stations, Car Rental, Community Transit, Child Nurseries, Restaurants, Public Transportation, etc.

Vomiting – This is one of the first signs of someone potentially having the COVID-19 virus.

  • When cleaning up vomit or diarrhea, you should wear disposable rubber gloves and if available wear a plastic disposable apron.

  • Carefully remove the material for safe disposal – a plastic dustpan is a useful scoop.
    The material should be then flushed down the toilet.

  • When as much of the material as possible has been removed, thoroughly wash the area and any equipment used with detergent and hot water and then disinfected.

  • Wash down food contact surfaces with detergent and hot water, using a disposable cloth, then disinfect with 0.1% bleach solution. Thoroughly clean soiled carpets and soft furnishings with hot water and detergent/carpet shampoo. Steam cleaning works well.

 

 

Continuity Dynamics, Inc. is a Wilmington, DE based risk management firm providing critical solutions for SMB firms to Enterprise firms both nationally and internationally by leveraging information from public sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO), The International Medical Corps, The American Red Cross and others with a focus on public- and private-sector collaboration. This advisement is the latest in a continuing series of assisting in your preparation for any disaster event. (Updated: 03.02.2020)