Coronavirus Resources

Updated 7:00 a.m. (CT) January 27, 2021

There are now 94,124,612 reported cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, worldwide according to the World Health Organization.  23,839,868 total cases were reported in the United States since January 21, 2020 according to the Center for Disease Control. This includes 185,949 new U.S. cases in the past 7 days. The National Safety Education Center is following this situation to provide up-to-date, helpful information for our members, our instructors, and the public.

Pandemic Fatigue

We reached the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, and many of us are experiencing pandemic fatigue. What is pandemic fatigue, and what can we do about it? As the coronavirus pandemic has stretched on and on, disrupting our daily lives, many people grow tired of following safety guidelines. We long for life to return to normal, and many of us feel exhausted by loneliness and the constant watchfulness we must practice to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. What can we do? Read more.

How to Reduce Virus Transmission Today 

  1. Wear a face mask. The virus is transmitted through the air via respiratory droplets. The mask catches them so you do not spread your droplets to others.
  2. Monitor your health. Check yourself for symptoms every day, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, abdominal discomfort, loss of taste/smell, headache, and other symptoms .
  3. Stay home if you are sick. If you are exhibiting any or all of the above symptoms, stay home if possible. If you must go out, wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.
  4. Wash hands frequently. Wash your hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, especially if you are in a public place or you just coughed, sneezed, or blew your nose.
  5. Avoid close contact.Keep a distance of 6 feet away from people who do not live in your household. Avoid physical contact with people, and use a barrier when distancing is not possible.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Frequently Asked Questions - OSHA

New OSHA answers the question, “Will an N95 respirator protect the wearer from the virus that causes COVID-19?” In short, the answer is yes. Read more here.

The Department of Labor provides an updated set of answers to frequently asked questions related to the coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic. Read it here. The page addresses topics such as:

OSHA - Issued Guidelines to Minimize Virus Transmission

OSHA recently issued guidelines for several common scenarios where individuals may be exposed to the virus at home or at work. Summarized in pdf form, these guidelines may be easily distributed or printed and posted in common areas.

Face Mask Requirements for Businesses

Should your business require customers and employees to wear cloth face masks? Requirements vary by state with some states requiring masks and others recommending them. Find information about your state’s requirements

OSHA Publications: Guidance on Returning to Work

The Department of Labor recently released an OSHA publication to provide guidance for employers and employees on returning to work. The document covers topics such as:

-Planning for Reopening

-Applicable OSHA Standards and Required Protections in the Workplace

-Employer Frequently Asked Questions

-OSHA Assistance, Services, and Programs

-How to Contact OSHA

Read the full publication.

Reopening Your Business

Businesses must consider worker safety and economic realities as they decide when and how to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. According to an NPR interview with two economists, Teresa Ghilarducci and James Broughel, workers in the United States have filed over 30 million jobless claims in the last six weeks. As employers struggle with strategic business decisions, they must weigh the benefits and risks of reopening.

How can business owners know when to reopen? Economist Ghilarducci says, “Among professional economists, the majority opinion is to follow the epidemiologists. All of our models about when it would make sense to restart the economy gradually are following the epidemiologists' curves about when it could be flattened. And that's because we know going back to work too early and in the wrong places could cause a second wave and could cause costs to workers, the productive part of the economy. ” Read NPR’s interview about balancing public safety and reopening economies and learn more about factors that affect reopening your business.

Preparing the Workplace for COVID-19

Businesses must consider worker safety and economic realities as they decide when and how to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

Do you need to know how to create a reopening plan for your business? If you own or manage a business shut down during the Coronavirus pandemic, preparing to reopen safely for all your employees is a concerning task.

Across the country, states are easing restrictions, even as new cases of COVID-19 infection still occur daily. Taking necessary precautions to protect your workers will mitigate company and employee risk as people return and continue to work.

Create a reopening plan to help guide your decisions, reduce your stress, increase cooperation, and maximize effectiveness in your workplace. Visit this NSEC blog post for detailed  guidelines to help you get started: How To Create a Reopening Plan For Your Business.

The CDC Recommends the Use of Cloth Face Coverings

According to the Center for Disease Control website the CDC now recommends that individuals wear cloth face masks in public places such as grocery stores and pharmacies where social distancing is difficult.  For instructions on how to make several types of cloth face coverings, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Tested Materials for DIY Masks

According to an article in the New York Times, some materials are better than others for DIY masks. Experts tested different materials to determine effectiveness, and the results were summarized in the article What’s the Best Material for a Mask? by Tara Parker-Pope. The National Safety Education Center has created an infographic based on this information. Read the article: https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-homemade-mask-material-DIY-face-mask-ppe.html

Practical Guides for Employers: COVID-19 and the Workplace

  • OSHA Publications- Find the latest OSHA guidelines for general and industry-specific safety practices, including Retail Pharmacy, Dental, Rideshare and Taxi, Nursing Home, Meatpacking, and more. Resources include downloadable posters in multiple languages.
  • OSHA Recordkeeping for COVID-19 - News Release: U.S. Department of Labor Issues Enforcement Guidance For Recording Cases of COVID-19
  • Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 -U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s detailed guide for safe work practices
  • OSHA COVID-19 Webpage -U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s webpage containing detailed information about COVID-19, healthcare respiratory protection, hazard recognition, OSHA standards, and more
  • Coronavirus Guidance for Business and Employers -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage about how to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19 in your business
  • Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Guidance -United States Department of Homeland Security’s advisory webpage about how to identify essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 response
  • Paid Sick Leave -The U.S. Department of Labor’s webpage explaining the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Expanded Family and Medical Leave Requirements
  • When and How to Use Masks -World Health Organization’s guide to understanding when and how you should wear a mask

State-Specific Resources

The federal government is providing general guidance for the COVID-19 response. States and municipalities are adding their own responses based on local needs. To find out your state’s additional responses, visit these sites:

  • State Resources and Restrictions - The Council of State Governments’ COVID-19 site shows state resources, curfews, school closures, crowd size limits, and more
  • Steps States have Taken to Address Coronavirus - The National Governers Association’s webpage with info about state emergency/public health emergency declarations, restricted travel/travel bans, limits on gatherings, closure of non-essential businesses, state/territorial resource pages, and more
  • State Legislative Action on Coronavirus - The National Conference of State Legislatures shows how state legislation is responding to COVID-19

Coronavirus Webinars

Learn more about the coronavirus with these free webinars:

Recorded 04/14/2020- Coronavirus Workplace Safety: Exposure Prevention, Recordkeeping, & Respirators

NSEC Safety Instructor John Newquist teaches about best practices to prevent exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace, recognition of symptoms and current treatments, OSHA recordkeeping for employers and managers, and different types of masks and respirators.  Watch Here

Recorded 03/31/2020- Tactical Solutions for Workplace Safety During the Coronavirus Pandemic

NSEC Safety Instructor John Newquist teaches tactical responses employers and managers can use to prevent infection. Topics include description of COVID-19 and comparison to influenza, disinfection procedures, recognizing symptoms, and recommendations for people who are sick. Watch Here

 

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