With the global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) comes to a proliferation of anxieties about how to avoid getting sick. In the U.S., the growing concerns have been met with advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As hospitals and clinics continue to see increases in cases of respiratory illness, individuals who come down with symptoms are being quarantined. Even suspected exposures have led to self-quarantines in many cases.
Governments and institutions in hard-hit areas are canceling events that draw large crowds and attempting to limit public gatherings where possible. Many people reasonably hesitant to attend such gatherings may still be concerned about non-optional congregations of people, namely work. Many wonder how they can feel safe from the spread of these germs when they are forced into mandatory proximity to potentially infected co-workers in possibly germ-laden facilities. What can workers do to protect themselves from infection?
The CDC has made several suggestions for measures that employers should put in place to mitigate the risk for workers. The following are recommendations employers should consider:
Whether in the workplace or not, people should follow steps to ward off the highly transmissible illness. For people who are not experiencing symptoms, the CDC recommends the following specific measures to avoid becoming infected:
If your work environment has made you sick, you may be eligible for benefits. The Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP will fight to recover compensation to pay for your medical bills or other costs associated with your illness. Contact us online or call 267-589-0090 to schedule a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we provide legal services throughout Pennsylvania.