As the non-essential workers of the State of California continue to work remotely throughout the month of April, essential workers, on the other hand, are looking for more ways to protect their health during the coronavirus pandemic. For those who are currently working in these environments, there are extra precautions you can take that may help to protect yourself and other employees from falling ill:
Wear Cloth Face Coverings
The State of California and CDC are urging anyone who spends time out in public to wear a face mask or cloth covering to protect their nose and mouth. This is to help slow the spread of the virus in our grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, and any other place where essential business is held. Counties, such as San Diego County, are already directing that employers must provide essential workers with face masks.
CDC advises that the use of simple cloth face coverings can help slow the spread of the virus and protect others from people who may have the virus and do not know it. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
It is important to regularly sanitize shopping carts, door handles, credit card machines, countertops, and any other highly-touched areas in the workplace and at home. If you or your employer hasn’t required it already, you may want to invest in gloves to wear when handling objects, such as money, that are transferred from person to person. Immediately changing out of your uniform and washing it before its next use may also be a way to keep from bringing germs home with you from work.
Avoid Sharing Work Equipment
Make sure that when working with other essential employees that you are not sharing phones, headsets, or any other objects that are used near the mouth or nose. Any pens that are used should be immediately sanitized as well. It may be helpful to create a system where you have a cup for clean pens and a cup for pens that need to be sanitized.
Maintain Social Distancing
San Diego County and the State of California have enforced the Safer-at-Home mandate to help slow the spread of coronavirus. For those who work for essential business and must continue to work, it is important to maintain a distance of six feet from others whenever possible. Employers can also help enforce this in the workplace by staggering breaks to limit the number of people in the break room or kitchen area and moving workspaces to six feet apart.
Being cautious and following the guidelines of the CDC can help slow the spread of coronavirus and may keep you healthy while working on the frontlines. However, it’s important to remember that this is not a guaranteed solution. Businesses and workers all over California are suffering losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you own a business and have suffered a loss during this time of uncertainty, reach out to a professional who can help you answer any questions you may have or direct you to someone who can help.
At Rawlins Law, APC of San Diego, Ashley Rawlins is an experienced personal injury attorney with the knowledge, network, and resources needed to help you during this unprecedented time. She provides honest, ethical, and compassionate representation, and she will give you clear information on where your claim stands. If you were injured in a prior accident and do not have an attorney, reach out to Rawlins Law. Our team is currently working remotely and is available 24/7 to assist you. To schedule a free consultation, please call us at 858-257-8778