Updated: Best Practice Covid-19 Company Policy

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Breaking news: also in The Netherlands schools, pubs, restaurants and sport clubs closed (March 15, 2020, 6 pm).

Colleagues ask for guidance, Icecat’s company policy, regarding Covid-19 – the Corona virus. In general, we simply follow the WHO advices, to prevent the spreading of the virus.

Protect the elderly and ill

Especially, people that belong to a risk group – higher age (60+) or already ill with at least one co-morbid condition – it’s critical to take care of preventive measures. Preventively, it’s highly advisable – even if you are not (yet) displaying flu symptoms to minimize social contacts with such risk groups.

Protect yourself and others

  • wash your hands regularly
  • maintain 1.5m+ 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
  • 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 such as (currently)
    • China,
    • South Korea,
    • Iran,
    • Italy,
    • affected regions in NL (Brabant), Germany, France, Spain, Belgium and elsewhere

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

As we have colleagues in so-called affected areas where the covid-19 virus has been spread extensively such as Nothern Italy, or if you met people that tested positive on Covid-19, further advices are applicable:

  • stay at home 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

On top of this, our Venice team has decided to work from home as much as possible till the outbreak is under control. In individual cases of travellers returning from affected areas, management can decide on asking respective staff to work remotely for a period of two weeks to observe the incubation period.

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 excercising, 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 Multimedia/E-commerce at Open University Netherlands.

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