As you have heard, The United States and the world are facing the very real threat of the widespread transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Ohio too is bracing for the inevitable, as state health officials fully expect that we will eventually see COVID-19 here. Health professionals and medical experts gathered in Columbus this week to emphasize preparation and avoid panic.
The health and safety of all our affiliates, members and the community where we live, work and play are extremely important to us. So, in that spirit, we are taking this opportunity to share some important resources, helpful information, and best practices for planning and preparedness for the COVID-19 situation.
For current information and guidance regarding COVID-19, we recommend the following resources:
- AFL-CIO: Coronavirus: COVID-19 flyer
- CDC:Prevention and Treatment
- CDC:Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), February 2020
- CDC: COVID-19 Information for Travelers
- CDC: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- CDC: What to Do If You Are Sick with COVID-19
- OSHA: Protecting Workers During a Pandemic fact sheet
- OSHA: Information for Workers and Employers About the Coronavirus Outbreak
- OSHA: COVID-19 Control and Prevention
- OSHA: Interim Guidance for Business Travelers
- WHO: Information and Guidance Regarding the Current Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Although there is no vaccine yet for COVID-19, we encourage you and your loved ones to adhere to the following prevention practices in order to combat the spreading of the virus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
And here is an excellent article about simple steps you can take – “Stop touching my face? Why the easiest way to prevent coronavirus is so hard.”
If you or someone in your care feels ill, especially if there is a fever involved, immediately consult with your family doctor or other medical professional. And please, avoid contact with other people if sick.
We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation, as should you. As further information is made available, we will provide updates as needed. And for ongoing, updated information see the great resources provided by The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) resource page HERE!
Be Smart and Be Well!
More Important Information Sources:
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
- What You Should Know
- Protect Yourself and Your Family
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
- People at Higher Risk and Special Populations
As information evolves and changes, we will make every effort to keep you informed with the latest updates.