Increasing Vaccination Rates Against SARS-CoV-2
September 8 - December 31
With increasing vaccination rates against SARS-CoV-2 and ongoing decreases in COVID-19 cases and deaths worldwide, conversations have begun around what work will look like as many workplaces and schools anticipate re-opening during 2021.
As organizations consider re-opening and employees return to workplaces, it’s time to revisit best practices for helping prevent COVID-19 spread and infection in shared workspaces and other communal work settings.
How does the COVID-19 coronavirus spread?
There are three main ways that COVID-19 can spread from person to person. Prior to vaccination, avoiding exposure to these methods of transmission remains your best weapon against the coronavirus.
Droplet spray in short-range transmission
COVID-19 can be transmitted through respiratory droplets expelled when an infected person exhales (breathes, coughs, sneezes, sings, yells, or talks). Respiratory droplets are generally greater than 5 microns in diameter. They will rapidly fall from the air within seconds to minutes.
Along with social distancing and engineered filtration pressure differentials, masks can be helpful in preventing short-range transmission.
Since the coronavirus is spread through mucous membranes, which are the thin mucus-producing layers that line your airways, it is important to avoid close contact. This is how most infections occur
What you can do:
- Choose an appropriate mask
- Keep 6 feet apart from the next person
- Do not share utensils
- Do not touch people
- Keep meetings small
As governments and businesses lift restrictions and shift guidance on gathering, the danger of the coronavirus remains real. The dangers still exist even with rising vaccination levels. Make sure that you and those around you are consistently taking the proper measures to protect yourselves.