As we approach the “Yellow Phase” in Pennsylvania, it is important that we all understand how to protect the health of ourselves and others. Social distancing is still key in reducing the spread of Covid-19. Giving your co-workers an appropriate amount of personal space will be the “new” normal as we all head back into the office. This means spreading out in the lunchroom and during meetings, not sharing pens, chatting while standing a few feet apart – you get the idea! So, what else can we do to try and eliminate the spread of germs this summer?

  1. Stay home if you don’t feel well. This is so important! Employers are much more understanding during this time that it is utterly necessary to stay at home if you are sick. Even if you are at work and start to feel ill, separate yourself from others and go home immediately!
  2. Make accommodations if you feel you are at a higher risk of contracting Covid-19. Telework, video conferencing and staggered work schedules can help elude encountering too many people at once. Have a thorough conversation with your employer and come up with a plan that works for both of you.
  3. Use proper hygiene etiquette. Cover your cough or sneeze in your elbow. Wash your hands frequently in warm, soapy water. Sanitize your hands throughout the day, especially after touching doorknobs. Dispose of used tissues immediately. These small routines make huge impacts on our health!
  4. Routinely clean and disinfect your workspace. Sanitize high-touch areas, such as your phone, keyboard, and mouse. Make this a new habit and incorporate it into your work schedule.
  5. Take your health seriously. This isn’t just important for your own well-being. Your health can greatly affect those around you. Try your best to boost your immune system by eating healthy foods, getting fresh air and exercising. Practice good hygiene all the time. Take care of others by taking care of yourself!

This is new territory for all of us as we get back to “normal” life. The uncertainty and unknown can be daunting, but we are in this together. Everyone must respect and trust the process. We will stand stronger when this chapter is over!

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