Challenging Omicron: Protecting Your Employees From the New COVID-19 Variant
The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to challenge business owners from all industries. Not only are employees harder to come by than ever, but protecting those already working has become utterly paramount for more employers. With COVID, it only takes one person getting the virus to cause an outbreak that will bring your operation to a grinding halt.
All of this has only been complicated by the arrival of Omicron, the latest, highly contagious, and vaccine-resistant COVID variant. It may seem scary at first, but there are steps you can take to reduce the potential impact of this new variant. As with most pathogens, it starts with a more clear understanding of what you’re dealing with.
Understanding Pathogens and How They Spread
COVID-19 is a virus, which makes it part of a larger family of pathogens. This term refers to any microorganism that sustains itself, reproduces, and colonizes inside the body. Aside from viruses, there are also worms, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi. Now, there are three different ways that viruses like COVID can spread, they are:
- The Air - This refers to transmission via coughing, sneezing, or otherwise sharing a close space. The virus adheres to particles of dust, hair, etc., and can infect the person who inhales them.
- Droplets / Aerosols - This refers to bits of mucus or other fluid that move from person to person via coughing or sneezing. This is a very rapid form of transmission and only requires quick exposure to a person’s eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Surface Transmission - Though less common, COVID-19 is capable of living on plastic and stainless steel for several days. If not properly disinfected, it’s possible for someone to become infected by merely touching the same surface as another.
Whether you have an office space, a manufacturing facility, or a retail outlet, you can take steps to prevent your customers, your employees, and yourself from getting sick. Of course, this requires a concerted effort on everyone’s part. In the end, it only takes one person to cause a rapidly-spreading infection.
- Ensure all employees follow proper hygiene practices. This includes frequent hand washing, especially after using the restroom. There is some evidence that COVID particles may survive in fecal matter, so this is particularly important.
- Any cleaning personnel in the building should wear PPE gloves, goggles, and masks when doing their job. Whenever possible, they should change these items frequently.
- Surfaces in the facility should be sanitized regularly, especially those used by many people throughout the day. In an office environment, it’s important to pay close attention to kitchen appliances, door handles, and other high-touch surfaces.
A Professional Cleaning Crew is Key to Fighting Omicron
Even a group effort by the most dedicated employees may not provide adequate protection against Omicron. This particular strain moves fast, and has even been shown to affect fully vaccinated individuals. The only real solution is an experienced cleaning crew that is as invested in protecting your business as you are.
That’s what you get when you hire Windsor Building Services. As the leading commercial cleaning company in Greater Houston, we provide a range of sanitation services to keep you, your employees, and your customers healthy. If you own a business in Spring, The Woodlands, Conroe, Willis, or any other Houston-area suburb, Windsor can be your long-term partner to help keep COVID at bay and productivity high.