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How to Protect Yourself From Covid-19 While Returning to Work

By James Hoffmann  May. 22, 2020 1:51p

This global health crisis has affected every American citizen. More than 175,000 businesses closed, and over 30 million people have filed for unemployment, making this one of the hardest crises this country has ever had.

However, as the nation is beginning to open its doors again, people who are now expected to return to a “normal life” inevitably wonder: how can I stay safe?

Here are some things you can do:

1. If Possible, Work From Home

Some people have the luxury of being able to work from home without major difficulties, while others don’t. As a result, if you’re in the category that can continue to work from home, and your employer agrees to it, you should consider continuing to work from home for now. This not only helps you and your family, but it also protects the workers who must return to work.

2. Don’t Drastically Change Your Behavior

Even if the news of reopening the economy gives you confidence, you should know that the threat has not completely vanished. In fact, these are the times where it may be more important than ever to restrict your movement, as more and more people will likely be present on the streets and other public places.

Consider only going out when it’s essential to do so, like to shop for groceries or if you have medical needs that require attention.

3. Keep Following the Recommendations

Whether it’s for work or leisure activities, you should continue implementing the official distancing and protection recommendations:

  • Wear a face mask and gloves
  • Avoid crowded areas
  • Wash your hands often
  • Keep your distance between you and other people

4. Talk to Your Boss

If you have to go back to work and are likely to come into contact with a lot of people, you should discuss your concerns with your boss and manager, and suggest some preventive measures that can keep you and your co-workers safe:

  • Providing protective gear
  • Working in shifts
  • Restricting customer access
  • Establishing different working schedules

5. Pay Attention to Your Health

This virus is rather unpredictable, and it’s fair to say that nobody can protect themselves completely from the possibility of an infection if they are out and about. As a result, it becomes essential to pay close attention to your body, and if you spot any symptoms, contact your health care provider.

If You Get Sick on the Job

If you go back to work and get infected with the new coronavirus, you may be eligible for compensation if you can show the infection was contracted at work, or as a direct result of it. Please reach out to a St. Louis worker’s compensation attorney for further assistance.

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