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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness (see current list of symptoms). It is caused by a virus (SARS-COV-2). It is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
COVID-19 can sometimes cause serious complications. People most at risk of getting seriously ill include:
How to protect your staff and others and help slow the spread
Identify where and how workers could be exposed to COVID-19 at work.
Create hazard control practices through hierarchy of controls to prevent infection among workers. Include a combination of the controls listed below. Use as many “layers” of these controls as you can at the same time.
Educate employees and supervisors about steps they can take to protect themselves at work and at home
Workers should be taught how to avoid touching their faces, including their eyes, nose, and mouth, especially before they have thoroughly washed their hands when finishing their work and / or removing their PPE.
Communication and training must be easy to understand, must be provided in the language workers prefer to speak or read, and must include accurate and timely information.
Topics should include, but are not limited to, signs and symptoms of infection, the need to stay home if sick, social distancing, hand hygiene practices, and how the disease spreads (and how to minimize it) at work, at home and in the community.
Training should be reinforced with posters (preferably infographics) located in high-visibility locations that tell employees how and when to wear face covers, and how to report signs and symptoms of infection, as well as reminding them to wash their hands .
Read the CDC Interim Guide for Businesses and Employers for more tips on creating new policies for sick leave, cleaning, and employee communication to help protect your workers and customers. Train your workers on any new policies created to reduce the spread of COVID-19. CDC has also created a fact sheet for nail and pedicure salon employees that you should share with your workers.
You, as the employer, are responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns and informing employees of hazards in your workplace. You can use these additional sources to learn more about reducing your risk of exposure to COVID-19 at work: