Updated: Best Practice COVID-19 Company Policy

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COVID-19 seems to be a seasonal virus in the temperate climate zone, like other flu-like viruses. It implies that we can expect a second wave from week 33 (+/- 1 week) onwards.

New insights

  • Ordinary flu vaccination reduces COVID-19 risks: as long as there is no effective COVID-19 vaccine, it’s advisable to ask for the ordinary flu vaccine at primary care.
  • Mouth caps are effective in reducing the risks of transmitting COVID-19: use them always when you can’t maintain 1.5 m distance from colleagues or others outside your family.
  • It’s important to regularly disinfect re-usable mouth caps: you can wash them, disinfect with an ordinary microwave or special UV lights.
  • Avoid buildings with closed air circulation. In many buildings the heating or cooling systems are recirculating the air, and effectively making SARS-CoV-2 more airborne. Avoid closed environments with insufficient ventilation, air filtering or sterilization systems.

In case of doubts, simply follow the WHO advices, to prevent the spreading of the virus.

Protect risk groups

Especially, for people that belong to a risk group – higher age (50+) or already exposed to at least one co-morbid condition – it’s critical to take care of preventive measures. Preventively, it’s highly advisable to minimize social contacts for people belonging to such risks groups.

Protect yourself and others

  • wash your hands regularly
  • maintain 1.5 m social distancing from people who are coughing or sneezing
  • don’t shake hands
  • avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with your hands
  • cough and sneeze in your elbow pit or use disposable paper tissues (and wash your hands afterwards)
  • stay at home if you feel ill or display any flu symptoms
  • work from home if that’s possible or work in flexible shifts
  • if you have flu symptoms (fever, coughing, respiratory troubles) seek early medical advice and have yourself tested
  • avoid larger social gatherings, conferences, and convert meetings into videoconferencing whenever possible
  • read and follow the advices of local authorities such as Dutch RIVM, which includes avoiding unnecessary travel to or from affected areas.

Colleagues that visited or are in Affected Areas or Met Infected People

If you have been in so-called affected areas where the COVID-19 virus has been spread extensively, or if you met people that tested positive on Covid-19, further advices are applicable:

  • stay at home for two weeks, especially if you start to feel unwell, even in case of mild symptoms
  • if you develop fever, a cough and have difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly
  • in case of flu symptoms, minimize your social contacts, especially elderly people or people with a co-morbid disease
  • avoid larger social events.

Follow General Healthy Lifestyle Practices

The best general advice is to maintain a healthy lifestyle as people with a good functioning and flexible immune system are the least affected by the Covid-19 virus. This includes healthy diets with sufficient fruits and vegetables, regular exercising, avoiding excessive intake of alcohol and non-smoking.

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Founder and CEO of Icecat NV. Investor through iMerge. PhD Multimedia at Delft University of Technology. Former Professor at Open University Netherlands/Technical Sciences & Environment.

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