The main concern, of course, is the highly contagious nature of the coronavirus. In order to effectively maintain a risk-free workplace, it is important to know the specific ways in which your workplace can be susceptible to the spread of the virus. COVID-19 spreads through droplets. An infected person’s cough or sneeze or any fluid-dispersing activity could potentially endanger everyone in close-by. Additionally, the coronavirus can stay active for a considerable amount of time on surfaces. This means, even if your employees were to avoid contact with each other, they could be vulnerable to the virus in all common spaces and shared devices. Touching the contaminated surfaces, followed by touching one’s face, severely increases the chances of infection. Unfortunately, most people don’t even notice this. This is, in fact, the most common way people contract the virus.
Another aspect of COVID-19 is that its effects vary on different people. This also means that there is no way to know if one of your employees is infected without a test, which can be tricky.
All types of gatherings are discouraged, even banned in some areas. This is because it becomes increasingly difficult to keep track of safety precautions as the number of people increases. Also, if there are outsiders involved in the meeting, there is no way to know if you have an infected person at the event. It is highly advisable that you choose online meetings over in-person meetings, whenever possible. However, if for some unavoidable reason you have to organize an office event or meeting, there are a few things you can do to ensure safety.
It would be wise to have a strategy in place in case your company locality sees an increasing number of infected people in the area. You might have to shut down your office for an indefinite period, and your business could suffer if you don’t have a plan in place.