The World Heath Organisation WHO has reeled out hints on how the deadly Coronavirus can be contracted and prevented.
This is coming after about 50 countries countries in the world have recorded cases of the virus, some counting death tolls and others hoping to get the spread under control.
As it called for the promotion of regular and thorough hand-washing hygiene in a statement released yesterday titled ‘Getting Your Workplace Ready For COVID-19’, WHO noted that the deadly COVID-19 can be contracted when someone infected coughs or exhales, or if droplets of infected fluid falls on nearby surfaces and objects such as desks, tables or telephones.Coronavirus Can Be Contracted Through Phones, Desks – WHO Hints
“People could catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth – and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. If they are standing within one meter of a person with COVID-19 they can catch it by breathing in droplets coughed out or exhaled by them. In other words, COVID-19 spreads in a similar way to flu. Most persons infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and recover.
However, some go on to experience more serious illness and may require hospital care. Risk of serious illness rises with age: people over 40 seem to be more vulnerable than those under 40. People with weakened immune systems and people with conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease are also more vulnerable to serious illness.“Coronavirus Can Be Contracted Through Phones, Desks – WHO Hints
WHO then advised that people and organisations ensure the workplace is hygienic and tidy and have their staff and customers sensitised about the deadly Coronavirus, even if it is not in their community yet.
“Put sanitizing hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the workplace. Make sure these dispensers are regularly refilled. Display posters promoting hand-washing, ask your local public health authority for these or look on www.WHO.int. Make sure that staff, contractors and customers have access to places where they can wash their hands with soap and water. Why? Because washing kills the virus on your hands and prevents the spread of COVID-19. Make sure that staff, contractors and customers have access to places where they can wash their hands with soap and water. Why? Because washing kills the virus on your hands and prevents the spread of COVID-19.
Deadly COVID-19 Virus
Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace. Display posters promoting respiratory hygiene. Combine this with other communication measures such as offering guidance from occupational health and safety officers, briefing at meetings and information on the internet, etc.
Ensure that face masks and/or paper tissues are available at your workplaces, for those who develop a runny nose or cough at work, along with closed bins for hygienically disposing of them. Why? Because good respiratory hygiene prevents the spread of COVID-19. Advise employees and contractors to consult national travel advice before going on business trips. Brief your employees, contractors and customers that if COVID-19 starts spreading in your community, anyone with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.3 C or more) needs to stay at home“, the statement reads