Medical experts are still researching and gathering all the facts about the new coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. They can only be relying on past figures to determine how to tackle this new virus. Fortunately, based on historical coronaviruses with similar characteristics and following the interim guidance provided by the CDC and WHO, some guidelines can be used as the best practices to prevent COVID-19 at your facility.
When an employee at Singapore’s biggest bank, DBS, tested positive for COVID-19, the company immediately closed the affected areas for deep cleaning. They also advised employees based in the affected area to work from home for at least 14 days. Facebook also shut its London office, and part of its Singapore base for deep cleaning after one of their Singaporean employees was diagnosed with COVID-19.
People who work at this employee’s building and nearby offices will put in self-quarantine for 14 days as a precautionary measure. The office facilities with this airborne disease case will undergo professional cleaning and disinfection. There is no vaccine for COVID-19, but most people recovered. Preventive action, such as disinfection cleaning, is one of the best practices to prevent COVID-19 at your facility.
Washing your hands frequently and staying home (social distancing) if you are sick also can help prevent infection. Once an outbreak has occurred, and it becomes more challenging to track down suspected cases, social distancing measures like cancelling large events, working from home, and voluntarily avoiding crowded areas is vital.