Pandemic & Epidemic Diseases – Help Keep Your Workplace Safe

A pandemic is an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region; for example multiple continents, or worldwide.  Such examples in recent memory include:

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  • 2019 Coronavirus
  • 2009 Influenza ‘Swine Flu’
  • 2005 Avian Flu ‘Bird Flu’
  • 1996 – 2001 vCJD ‘Mad Cows disease’
  • 1956-1958 Asian Flu

Coronavirus (CoV) is just one of the latest pandemics to affect human and is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted between animals and people.  

Common symptoms of infection include the usual, runny nose, sore throat, fever, cough as well as shortness of breath or breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

It can be passed on in a similar way to the common cold

  • the air by coughing to sneezing
  • close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands
  • touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes, before washing your hands

It is generally recommended, to help prevent the spread of infection, to include regularly wash your hands, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs and avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness.

You can help by keeping your hands germ free and preventing cross-contamination.

This can be aided in the workplace by taking some simple steps:

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  • providing the correct hand washing products
  • provide effective hand drying methods (damp/wet hands are much more effective in spreading germs)
  • provide hand sanitiser stations in strategic locations around the building
  • ensure correct education to staff and visitors about the best way to reduce cross-contamination

For advice and solutions on how to keep your workplace as safe as possible, please feel free to contact a member of the Pink Hygiene team on 0800 389 9907