Coronavirus (COVID-19)March 11, 2020
A note from our CEO, Frank Albi.
Over the past few weeks, the global implications of the spread of the new strain of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the disease it causes, have changed on almost a daily basis. For complete information about this topic, you should visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html. In addition, here is some information to help you understand more about this situation.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that affects the respiratory tract. This group of viruses is associated with the common cold, pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory sickness. To date, it is known to spread in a manner similar to the influenza (“flu”), virus.
Common symptoms include runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, and fever. Symptoms of the virus typically develop up to 14 days after exposure and resemble a common cold. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms while at the office, please notify your Team Leader, and seek medical care.
How is Coronavirus prevented?
We encourage you to use the following practices to protect yourselves and others from viruses of all types:
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue or upper sleeve
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently (for 20 seconds or longer) or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not readily available, especially after sneezing or coughing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limit close contact (e.g., handshaking, hugging, kissing) with others, and avoid sharing food, drinks or towels with people, especially with people who are ill.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
The BiS Leadership team continues to review the health information provided by the CDC and other sources about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are taking some precautionary measures to promote the good health of our Associates and customers.
- We will increase efforts to clean and disinfect our building throughout the business day with a focus on restrooms and the Break Room.
- Hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes are available throughout the office. However, it is recommended that Associates concentrate on regular handwashing with soap and water as opposed to relying on hand sanitizers.
Our goal is to keep the workplace free of the virus, so everyone needs to do the right things. Again, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, notify your Team Leader and seek treatment. Similarly, if you have a sick relative or housemate with these symptoms, advise your Team Leader before reporting to work.