The big thing on everyone's mind right now seems to be the coronavirus. I've been paying pretty close attention to it since I'm from Seattle and my family lives in Washington, close to where a lot of the cases have been confirmed and people have died.

My sister works for a Kaiser Permanente, a company that is conducting coronavirus vaccine trials. And, my mom was planning a trip to visit us here in May, but because of a susceptible immune system, her doctor just advised her to not travel unless it's by vehicle.

Around our building here, we were sent an email with safety tips and they've installed multiple Purell stations.

Photo: Ryan Nelson

I'm sure you've seen all the suggested ways to keep yourself safe. If not, here's the content that was shared around our offices.

Team,
With the increased concern over the Coronavirus and the Flu this season, we and the CDC suggest you take extra cleaning precautions by doing the following:
  • During the flu season wipe all common, high traffic area surfaces multiple times a day using disposable paper towels with multipurpose disinfectant.  You may want to use disinfectant wipes in office and cubicle areas too.
  • Place hand sanitizer near your entry and use it periodically, especially if shaking hands with visitors.
  • "Flush" out the building by bringing in fresh air if you are able to do so.  Briefly open the doors and/or windows to remove stale air and bring fresh air into the building.
 Other things you can do:
  1.  Avoid close contact - Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  2.  Stay home when you are sick.
  3.  Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.
  4.  Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  5.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth - Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  6.  Practice other good health habits - Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
What about where you work? Have you noticed any steps taken to prevent coronavirus?