COVID-19 SAFETY ADVICE FOR BUSINESSES WITH EMPLOYEES
It is a challenging time for business, to use a euphemism! There is much confusion, anguish and concern about, both for what the future holds and most especially about maintaining health, safety and one’s sanity right now and in the coming weeks and months.
People seldom like too much change or disruption to their routine, and none more so than anyone in business. Such changes as we are experiencing come with their particular challenges and
confusion, which can be expensive, worrying, and even scary and this is where good advice can be invaluable. But such times throw up opportunities too, and when the going gets tough, the tough get going!
So how best to navigate the Coronavirus storm? This is a particularly pertinent question for businesses and anyone with employees to look after and having to deal with their concerns as much
as implementing actual protocols to keep the ship and crew safe and as happy as can be expected, not to mention officialdom. After all, the consequences of either non-compliance or ignorance could be even more challenging and costly.
In uncertain times it is essential to be particular about where you get your information from. The well informed business is the one that is more likely to weather the storm, and as we are in the middle of the storm right now, it is essential to engage one’s intuitive compass, use common sense and discernment to get proper advice to steer as safe a course as possible.
So we’ve compiled a list of some necessary protocol advice that you will find coming from government departments and the medical field. We’ve followed that with some additional useful and practical information on mitigation beyond the official line …
This is the conventional guidance governments are generally putting out there …
- Work from home and only go out for reasons of food, exercise or unavoidable work
- Stay 6 feet (2 meters) away from people when out
- Wash your hands (for 20 secs) in warm soapy water or use a cleanser as soon as you get home and between activities and especially when using public toilets.
- Don’t touch your face, as your fingertips especially usually harbour pathogens that could get into your eyes or up your nose or mouth or into your ears.
- Wear a mask only if you wish to protect others from your sputum. Note: A regular (none professional N95) PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT ) mask will not protect you from external pathogens. If you have tobe in the workplace or out in public, then wearing a mask is perhaps a good idea if you have a cough or cold, in order to protect people from your sputum from any coughing or sneezing.
- Wear latex gloves when caring for people, especially the elderly, who tend to be more vulnerable to pathogens due to pre-existing medical conditions and low immune systems. These gloves can also help protect you from catching infections, whether fungal, viral, or otherwise.
The following is more about empowerment through mitigation …
THINGS YOU CAN DO:-
- Take responsibility for your health, safety, and wellbeing, and do the research.
- Boost your immune system as this is your best way to protect yourself. These are the ways …
– Supplements including Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and Zinc with tonic water
– Get into the Sun as this helps to rebalance the body including replenishing Vitamin D
– Regular exercise
– Good nutrition with an alkaline pH bias. Eat fresh vegetables (especially greens) and fruit. Meat undermines your immune system *
– Drink plenty of mineral water where possible regularly (ensure your water company does not put industrial fluoride into the water supply)
– Meditation will significantly boost your immune system and foster coherence between your heart and brain. The science behind this is called Heartmath, which is also a specific course and technique for facilitating coherence with an outcome of better physical health, brain function, and mental health. **
– Grounding/Earthing connects you to the earth’s natural electricity, which helps your immune system. Gardening is an excellent way to do this.
– Sufficient and good quality sleep. This goes a long way to boost the immune system and promote peak health and performance.
– Stay positive. Anything other than this can affect specific areas of the body and undermine both physical and mental health and compromises emotional intelligence.
– Respect the current social distancing advice if only to respect those people who wish to practice it, even if you feel there is no problem. This will maintain greater harmony in the workplace and out in the greater world. We are all different and have different degrees of awareness and knowledge. We also have different belief systems. If we lose respect for each other based on any of these criteria, then we start to lose our humanity, and we give fear it’s best chance to get the better of us.
THINGS TO AVOID:-
- Do not abuse drugs, smoke, or vape .. this undermines your immune system and can compromise your heart and lung function, which are two of the weakest and most vulnerable
points when the body is in stress.
- Do not fear! Fear produces the stress hormone cortisol, which shuts down the immune system, leaving you open to infection and undermines your mental health.
- Certain doctors have put out messages warning people and doctors not to prescribe or take Ibuprofen, as it has been reported that Ibuprofen has been found in the majority of cases of
death by COVID-19. This may be coincidental. Consider an alternative pain relief to err on the side of caution here.
Note: If you are waiting for a vaccine and see this as the answer for protection, think again. For a start, such a vaccine is not expected to be made available until next year. Secondly, vaccines can come with side effects. Thirdly and most importantly, your best way to keep safe is to maintain a strong immune system, which keeps you really healthy and is your best protection from any
perceived threat such as a virus (real or otherwise) or any other pathogen.
* ‘The Game Changers’ (documentary) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSpglxHTJVM
** ‘The Heartmath Institute’ https://www.heartmath.org/about-us/contact-us/
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (U.S.):-
Guidance on preparing workplaces (U.S.):-
Medical & Additional Sources:-
Dr Bruce Lipton
Dr Andrew Kaufman
Dr Bruce Hoffman, The Hoffman Centre
Paul Heaney (Author), Ark Foundation