What is Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the origin of this outbreak?
The Chinese Government authorities alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by the Coronavirus by the end of 2019, after which the WHO declared it as pandemic disease. The respiratory disease started spreading worldwide, resulting in over 6,500 deaths worldwide in just three months. According to scientists, it is caused by a novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2. According to the latest statistics released by worldometers.info, over 220,199 cases of Coronavirus have been reported all over the world, out of which 8,982 deaths have already occurred.
The first case occurred in Wuhan, after which it spread to Europe, South Korea, and other countries. According to another report released by WHO, 87,137 cases have been reported globally. As a result, the WHO officially declared COVID-19 as a public health emergency.
Scientific developments in Coronavirus outbreak
Scientists are working on analyzing the spike protein present on the outer part of the virus, through which the virus enters the outer walls of the human cells. Spike protein is responsible for opening the virus, causing itself to attach with the human cells. Researchers have stated that bats are the reservoir for SARS-CoV-2.
What are the common symptoms of the Coronavirus?
Once the human body is exposed to the virus, the symptoms take 2 to 14 days to appear. The symptoms include:
- High body temperature (100.4 °F or 38 °C)
- Continuous, dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Pneumonia or bronchitis (in severe cases)
- Persistent chest pain
How does the Coronavirus spread?
According to the latest studies and medical research being conducted worldwide, the Coronavirus moves quickly from person to person and is highly contagious in a contained environment. It can also spread if an infected person sneezes or coughs, and the mucus droplets reach the eyes or mouth of a healthy person. The virus present in the mucus can fall onto different kinds of surfaces.
What should organizations do during a Coronavirus outbreak?
At Author Assists, we are committed to creating a healthy environment for our employees. We are actively guiding and helping our valuable employees to stay healthy and prevent the spread of the virus. Here are some tips that can help you and your organization promote healthy and safe work practices:
- We believe that regular communication is the key to build a solid foundation between the organization and the employees. Our HR department is working extensively to gather the latest news, precautions, and safety measures to keep the employees informed about the viral infection and ways of preventing it.
- You can use multiple channels of communication to communicate with your employees. For example, you can use e-mail or make online chat groups and coordinate with your team or department and keep them updated regarding the status of the Coronavirus outbreak.
- To prevent the spread of disinformation or fake news, our management ensures that they gather information from credible and reliable sources before conveying it to the employees. Always double-check the information you are sharing with the employees.
- We value our employees, and for this reason we have adopted flexible working arrangements for them. The best way to prevent the occurrence of COVID-19 is to limit human-to-human contact. Therefore, keeping that in mind, we have allowed our employees to work from home.
- To avoid the possibility of an infected employee turning up for work and running the risk of the infectious disease spreading, you can update your leave policies as well. Working from home or office should not be a concern for a result-driven organization. This way, you can support and safeguard the well-being of your employees and keep up their productivity at the same time.