- Watch for fever, cough, and shortness of breath
Frequently Asked Questions
During this trying time many employers will have to continue to operate to provide essential services to the public. We have put together a frequently asked questions fact sheet to help assist you through the days ahead.
QUESTION: How does someone get infected with COVID-19?
ANSWER: COVID-19 is spread from an infected person to another person that is in close contact (within 6 feet) and by respiratory droplets such a cough or a sneeze.
QUESTION: What is a good rule of thumb for the 6 feet?
ANSWER: Stay two arm lengths a part.
QUESTION: How severe is the illness?
ANSWER: The WHO (World Health Organization) says 80% of people with COVID-19 have a mild form of the illness with cold- or flu like symptoms. The people most likely to get seriously ill from this virus are people over 60 and/or those with pre-existing health conditions.
QUESTION: An employee has reported respiratory illness and a temperature; should we require the employee to report to work?
ANSWER: The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends encouraging employees with acute respiratory illness, other symptoms, and a fever to stay home and not report to work.
QUESTION: An employee is concerned they could be exposed to COVID-19 because there are cases in our community; should we require that employee to still come to work?
ANSWER: Currently, the CDC states the infectivity rate occurs when patients become symptomatic. If the employee shows no COVID-19, or flu like symptoms, then employees may report to work as scheduled. It is important employees monitor for symptoms for 14 days and take their temperature twice a day, for their protection and the protection of others.
QUESTION: We have a large workforce and a limited number of break areas what should we do?
ANSWER: Initiate an additional cleaning schedule for employee break areas; encourage employees to clean their break areas before and after use. Implement a staggered break policy to limit the number of employees in break rooms at one time including changing lunch schedules. Encourage and remind employees to wash their hands frequently and to keep a distance of 6 feet from other employees at all times.
Watch for Symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
- Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
Emergency warning signs include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face