Since the beginning of this year, the pandemic has affected our lives and many businesses drastically. Coronavirus at work affects your employees' health and business productivity. Here is everything you need to know about the coronavirus and best practices to avoid the illness at home and workplace.
Coronavirus is a strain of the SARS-CoV virus, known for its typical morphology with crown-like spikes on its surface. Till now, seven known coronaviruses can infect humans. Here is a list of coronavirus strains that have infected humans:
Coronavirus usually causes upper respiratory illness, and symptoms include a runny nose, cough, and fever. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is a more severe strain, causing pneumonia, cardiac arrest, acute respiratory disorder, and more severe symptoms.
Notable coronavirus outbreaks in the last 20 years include:
This is the first-ever reported coronavirus spread in the world. During 2003, SARS spread over 20 countries before it was successfully contained. However, SARS-CoV was not a global pandemic.
Due to the virus's origin in the Middle East, the virus was named MERS-CoV or Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome. MERS was first identified in 2012. There have been travel-related cases reported globally, including in the USA and Canada. Disease transmission is associated with camels.
2019 Novel Coronavirus:
This is the most severe strain of coronavirus first detected in Wuhan, Hubei in China. Due to the quick spread of this virus, it has infected millions of people worldwide over the last ten months. Till now, the Novel Coronavirus has affected more than 150 countries and islands.
Human coronaviruses have a very similar spread mechanism as the flu. Transmission is most common when the weather is cold, especially in the fall or winter. Some of the most common spread is through:
Symptoms of coronaviruses can be very similar to common flu. However, the symptoms may vary slightly from strain to strain. Common symptoms include cold symptoms, fever, dry cough, mild breathing difficulties, light gastrointestinal issues, and fatigue.
Symptoms may appear between 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Some of the common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Severe symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Contact the emergency helpline immediately if you or anyone you know is experiencing the severe symptoms mentioned above.
The FDA has approved two coronavirus vaccines in late November and early December of 2020 under the Emergency Use Authorization. Both the vaccines are already in their first rollout phase. Here are some of our blog posts on the COVID-19 Vaccine and their updates!
Check out the Axiom Medical Blog posts on COVID-19 vaccines.
Since there is still no vaccine or medication to control COVID-19, you can follow the below-mentioned recommended measures to prevent the spread of the virus:
The CDC has additional information on COVID-19 prevention. Click here for more details.
Managing coronavirus outbreak at work is one of those many challenges that the virus has posed since the beginning of this year. The coronavirus disease has affected every industry, including essential ones such as food, manufacturing, transportation, oil & gas, etc. The virus has affected people of all ages and older people, and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. At the beginning of the pandemic, most businesses country-wide closed their doors, considering employee health and safety.
However, many essential companies had to stay open to keep the business running as usual. The best way to avoid a coronavirus outbreak at work is by:
Axiom Medical’s CheckIn2Work delivers quick and easy, self-service attestation for employers needing to pre-screen team members for potentially infectious or contagious conditions before allowing access to work. It's a first of its kind technology, providing a point of entry protection.CHECKIN2WORK
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Axiom Medical has introduced the CRIA (Contagious Respiratory Illness Assessment) service to assist companies in quickly managing employees exhibiting symptoms or have been potentially exposed to COVID-19.
CheckIn2School, a similar screening app as CheckIn2Work, delivers a quick and easy daily attestation for school administrators needing to pre-screen students for potentially infectious or contagious conditions before arriving at school each day.
This guide should serve as a resource for providing information on: safety, employee health, job functions and business travel. Together, we can provide answers to your employees' questions.
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