COVID-19, commonly referred to as the Coronavirus, has been all over social media and the news after its recent outbreak in the U.S. While we know how it can impact our health, many workers have been wondering how the spread of the virus could affect them.
Taking the necessary precautions to avoid getting the virus in the first place is one of the most important things that you can do.
- Always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your face
- Use proper coughing and sneezing etiquette
- Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (it should contain at least 60 percent alcohol)
- Clean your workstations, countertops, and common areas
- Notify your supervisor if you have come into contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with the virus
- Notify your supervisor if a family member or member of your home falls ill
Despite best efforts, sometimes the spread of the virus may still occur. It is important that you check with your employer about their sick leave policy in case you need to take unplanned time off. Employers are encouraged to maintain flexible sick leave policies while the spread of the virus is ongoing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you stay home (or leave work immediately) if you have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness or a fever (e.g. shortness of breath, coughing).
Freeburn Hamilton is Here to Help
During this time of uncertainty and growing apprehension, it is most important to stay calm and take good care of your personal health and wellbeing. If you or a member of your household contracts the illness and your employer fires you or takes an adverse action against you, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
If you contract the virus while at your workplace, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
The knowledgeable and experienced Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Freeburn Hamilton care about your health and wellbeing and can help you to receive the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 717-777-7777 today!