What You Need To Know
In these uncertain times, it’s important to separate the facts from fiction, so we can stay calm during this global crisis. Remember, A Reasonable Response is always the best response.
Examples Of Reasonable Responses:
- Create an emergency contact list
- Create a household plan of action
- Stock up on “Reasonable” supplies
- Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan
- Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning
- Identify aid organizations in your community
- Practice everyday preventive actions now
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 second
- Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy
- For more information on individual and families please use the following CDC checklists
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
- Separate sick employees
- Encourage getting Covid Testing or offer testing for employees
- Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
- Consider having older adults, or those with an underlining health condition, to work from home
- Perform routine environmental cleaning
- Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps
- If sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure
- For more information please follow guidance from the CDC
How We Can Help
Optimum Consulting can help you remain #CalmThruCrisis and prepare for the future by providing:
- Plans and procedures that are inclusive of your clients and staff for every stage of your emergency plan
- Actionable steps for this and future pandemics
- Provide an outside voice founded on years of emergency and crisis management to your board and staff during your planning meetings
We are here for businesses and non-profits alike.
You’ve probably heard this talked about a lot in the past weeks. Take a look at the image - The tall, skinny curve is not good – it means that a lot of people will get sick at once in a short period of time because we don’t take enough steps to prevent the virus from spreading from person to person.
Most people won’t get sick enough to need a hospital. But those who do could overwhelm the number of beds and care teams that our nation’s hospitals have available
Flattening it as a TEAM helps ALL individuals
If our communities take steps to slow the virus’s spread, that means the number of cases of COVID-19 will extend out across a longer period of time. As the curve shows, the number of cases at any given time doesn’t cross the dotted line of the capacity of our nation’s health care system to help everyone who’s very sick.
At the end of the of the day…
Actions taken by your local communities and businesses to cancel events, close offices and limit hours of operations will assist in these important efforts.
Take everyday preventive actions:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
- Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places
- Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Clean and disinfect
- Avoid crowds,
- Avoid all non-essential travel
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. More information can be found on cdc.gov
Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
Found out more at cdc.gov
If COVID-19 is spreading in your community
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks
If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of the disease.
Find out more at cdc.gov
The CDC has built a lot of resources to arm everyday people with information to stay safe and healthy.
However, when it comes to planning for your business or nonprofit there is no one size fits all guide to help you through this pandemic. This is where Optimum Consulting can help! Contact us today to strategize for today, tomorrow, and the future to come.