During this time of uncertainty related to the potential spread of the new coronavirus, Covid19, our top priority is protecting the health of our employees and agents by providing important information and updates. For that reason, we wanted to share with you simple steps you can take to help reduce the spread of this disease as well as some resources to keep you informed about the developing situation:
The virus can spread from person to person, mainly through droplets of saliva or mucus carried in the air for up to six feet when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also be transferred when shaking hands, sharing a drink with a person who is infected with the virus or touching a contaminated surface with your hands and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Flu viruses can survive on hard surfaces for 24 hours.
How to Protect Yourself
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are several precautions you can take to help protect yourself. They include:
• Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
• Staying home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
• Covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
• Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces you touch.
If you’re sick or not feeling well, you should stay home from work and/or school and drink lots of fluids. Taking care of yourself can help ensure your recovery and reduces the likelihood that you may spread any illness to others.
Our Disaster Recovery Planning team will be meeting to review and update our Pandemic Flu Plan to ensure that we are taking reasonable measures to protect our employees and other business resources in the event of further spread of the disease. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.