Many people may be very concerned about what to do in the workplace environment to minimize the risk of coronavirus. The basic principles are that this virus is spread through contact which is on our hands and touching people and through droplets which are the droplets that we release from our nose and mouth when we speak and when we cough and sneeze and these droplets can travel up to one meter.
It is for this reason that it is essentially important to implement structural changes in the workplace, for example if somebody is needing to have frequent a personal interaction with other people, make sure that they stay at least one meter away from that person because this is the distance that the droplets can spread.
Discourage shaking hands because there's no need to have a physical interaction with the person. You can really just talk to them and then make hand washing facilities widely available in the workplace. Have hand washing stations or have alcohol-based hand rub available so that everybody in your work environment can can be washing their hands easily.
Sometimes this may not be easy and possibly the only basin is in the toilets but hand washing is really one of the important ways that we stop the spread of the coronavirus.
It's important to clean the workplace frequently with soap and water or disinfectant. We know the virus can survive for a period of time in the environment but normal cleaning with soap and water will kill the virus, so it is essential to make sure you have strengthened cleaning routines in the workplace.
If you develop symptoms of respiratory illness including a cough, fever and shortness of breath, you must seek medical care early. It's important to call your doctor, self isolate and advise on your travel and contact history.