As you are likely aware, the world health community continues to monitor closely the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, named “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19). At this time, no one knows how severe this outbreak will be. Given this uncertainty, and the fact that the seasonal influenza (flu) virus is also widespread Figs and Honey has taken precautions to prevent the spread of the disease in our House and also in the Homes of those we Serve. We are very aware of the concern folks have when considering the possible spread of Coronavirus nationwide. The fact that two cases have shown up in Fulton County ups the ante for us and those customers we serve.
The Coronavirus is a respiratory virus and is spread through coughs, sneezes etc. by those who are sick.
The most important thing that you can do as an individual to prevent the spread of this virus is to wash your hands frequently, with soap, for at least 20 seconds (sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” or “Happy Birthday to You” twice and you will hit the 20 second mark). If you are sick, stay home! And don’t come back to work until you are fever-free for at least 24 hours. (We’d all rather you stay home than get us sick.) If you are at work, use common sense.
In addition to washing your hands, keep your work area clean (Clorox wipes are great), particularly phones, pens, or anything else that may get close to your face (I saw you chewing on your pen:)!)
When in areas that a lot of folks travel (door knobs, light switches, toilet handles, etc. are examples of items touched by many), use common sense. I’m sure your company is doing what they should to keep these areas sanitized (we sure are!), but you can do your part by washing your hands after using the bathroom, turning off the water at the sink with your paper towel, then using the same towel to switch off the light. Make sure you hit the trash can with your towel. If you can hit a button to open the door instead of using the handle, great. If not, use a tissue, your sleeve or coat jacket to open the door. (If you have to open with your hands, don’t forget the hand-washing rule, or use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash.)
Unfortunately the Coronavirus is not the only thing around that can make you sick this time of year. Using these suggestions will keep you well, even in this season of cold and the flu.