Precautions after Lockdown
After a prolonged lockdown, all countries are set to restart basic activities one by one.
Some factories and offices have started working with limited workers and employees, local markets for daily needs of common people are opening for a limited period every day, and public transport including rail, bus, and taxis have started operating with a limited number of passengers.
Globally Government has given notices about what could be opened and what not. Again, the states have their respective clearance and control. In any case, life is going to normalize slowly post Covid19 lockdown but with lots of precautions after lockdown
But that doesn’t mean we have fully controlled the unhindered progress of COVID-19. Still, the human race is far from getting control over this pandemic.
So, post lockdown we should take all possible coronavirus precautions and this time with more sincerity.
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We have strictly maintained social distancing as per the government directives during the lockdown.
You must have noticed that most of the markets were closed, factories and offices were dead silent, and roads were completely empty.
The situation is changing now. We could see a few cars and buses plying, a few airplanes are crossing our skies, and news channels are showing the railway has started its services in controlled conditions.
So, our responsibilities and risks have increased manifold now than before. So, now you have to set out of your house taking all precautionary measures.
Following tips to be followed rigorously for a long time as precautions after lockdown-
- Use private/own vehicles while commuting.
- Keep distance from others while in a mode of public transport.
- Use masks, gloves, and keep sanitizer always with you while going out.
- Maintain social distancing in the market and public places.
- Use online services as much as possible.
- Sanitize your hands after touching every alien surface.
- Don’t touch your mouth, face, and nose as this will increases the risk of infection.
- Make sure you do not sneeze or cough in open.
- Ensure that everyone gets temperature checked before entering office, society, and any premises. Also, make it mandatory.
- Prefer not to eat outside food.
- If you find any COVID symptoms like cold, fever, breathlessness, or loss of sense of taste or smell – stop going to the office with immediate effect and seek medical health, and tell others to do the same if it happens to them as well.
- Carry your stationery from home to reduce the risk of being contaminated through office stationery.
- Any place where the notion of social distancing is supposed to not live up should be avoided.
- Sanitize your hands every now and then, and ensure supremely precautious surroundings in office washrooms.
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As lockdown rules are gradually relaxed, there must be a raft of questions whirling in your mind. Should you step out? Is it safe? What precautions must you do?
Here is a primer gathered guidelines to help you stay prepared to get back into your routine.
Many of us have started going to the office, especially those who aren’t in the red zone. Some workplaces have started operating with employees coming in a staggered manner; though all workplaces are taking every precaution to protect the employees from any possible harm, yet the fear of getting infected remains.
While work might resume and people will start traveling to the office and their workplace, it will still take time for our lives to return to normal, right?
No matter how many precautionary measures are taken by organizations for the safety of their employees, it is also the responsibility of respective office goers to ensure that he or she takes necessary measures to stay safe.
In case you have started going office or are soon going to do so, here are a few you should take into account seriously to help you cope up with life in an office after the lockdown is over.
What are the most common ways in which the Virus spreads – The virus is known to spread from person-to-person between people within six feet of each other, through respiratory droplets when a person with the virus sneezes or coughs, even those who do not show any symptoms.
Best tips to avoid getting infected –
Take precautions while traveling: While your office may be a safe place to return but traveling to your workplace in public transport or otherwise may not be so safe.
Hence, it is very important to maintain social distancing from a co-passenger; use a mask and avoid touching any kind of surfaces (like a door handle or a seat) unnecessarily, in case you are using public transport to commute to work.
Next, try making digital transactions to pay your fare instead of using money; it’s safer that way. Also, if possible, avoid traveling during peak hours; Ask if your working hours can be adjusted to meet your traveling requirements.
What are the best tips to avoid getting infected:
- Wash hands frequently,
- avoid close human contact,
- cover mouth and nose with a cloth face cover,
- clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
How do you ensure that hands are washed properly:
Follow 5 steps:
- Wet your hands,
- lather with soap and water,
- scrub for at least 20 seconds,
- rinse and then dry fully.
- A sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol can be used when water is not available
Don’t share food or eat outside:
Ordering food from outside or share your colleague’s lunch under the current circumstances will only increase your risk of getting infected. So, carry your food/lunch/snack from home and never share it with others or eat other’s tiffin in office.
Is it necessary to wear a specific type of mask?
No, simple mask or cloth face coverings are effective. Avoid surgical masks or N-95 respirators as they are critical supplies for healthcare workers.
How can face masks be kept clean:
Regular mask to be changed every day and cloth face masks can be easily cleaned in a washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering. Researchers advise that cloth masks should be washed in 160°F water with soap or detergent and recommends soaking them for five minutes in a bleach solution.
No handshakes, No touching surfaces: Handshakes, hugs, or any kind of physical contact like an encouraging pat on the back is an absolute no-no.
Should children also wear face masks: everyone 2 years and older wear a cloth face covering that covers their nose and mouth when they are out in the community. Cloth face coverings should, however, not be put on babies or children younger than 2 because of the danger of suffocation.
What should I ensure before resuming work: Ensure there are temperature checks, ample supply of tissues, gloves when necessary, access to soap, clean running water, and drying materials or alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing at least 60 percent alcohol at their worksite.
How long should self-isolation be done after testing positive?
People who’ve tested positive need to isolate at home for at least seven days after symptoms first appeared, wait at least 72 hours after the fever is gone, and hold off until respiratory symptoms have improved.
Other safety measures related to face masks: Be careful not to touch eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
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Coronavirus has forced the entire world to adapt to change quickly and rapidly. Even after the lockdown ends, Offices all over the world will have to take a large number of precautions for their employees.
This COVID-19 pandemic has put the spotlight and importance on the facility management services with a focus on cleaning disinfecting and sanitization. It has called for a renewed view for hygiene and overall facility management to adapt to the new set of challenges through differentiated services.
These will be the rules –
- Staff will not go to each other’s cabin or meeting stops.
- Ban on mass lunch.
- Will bring Tiffin from home.
- No entry at the workplace without sanitation and thermal check-up.
- Overall proactive services and maintenance programs for here on.
- The cafeteria and canteen will remain closed, try to distance yourself.
- Keeping details of medics and authorities, reach out details handy.
- Social distancing is mandatory among customers.
- Move away from an acidic-based cleansing material towards better options.
- The workplace entry gate, buildings, bank’s currency chest, offices, ATMs, parking and e-lobby, etc. will be continuously sanitized.
- Sanitation or water-soap-washbasin will have to be arranged at the entry gate.
- A daily update call on COVID status should be a part of the standard operating procedure.
- Employees will be asked to come from their vehicles only, a suggestion to avoid public transport.
- Touchless taps and soap dispensers will gain more importance towards new normal.
- The advice to avoid manual forms transactions will work only on e-copy.
- Keeping a track of occupants and visitors along with a look at symptom visibility for security purposes.