The nature and scope of the measures range from restrictions on the movement and abolition of non-essential activities to the restriction of the number of persons in one place, the prohibition of certain activities and the obligation to comply with certain hygiene measures.
Their use may vary depending on the development of the pandemic, sector, occupation, or health-related characteristics of the individual. As a result of these measures, workers may be required to work from home, or must stay at home if they are unable to carry out the work remotely.
Once the measures have achieved a sufficient reduction in the rate of transmission of COVID-19, work may be resumed. This is often done in stages, with work that is considered necessary for the protection of health and the economy being allowed first.
Vaccination will eventually lead to a relaxation of measures, but it is not yet clear to what extent and when normal work activities will resume. It is very likely that some measures will remain in place for some time or will be reintroduced at some point to prevent future increases in infection rates. For more take a look here – covid-19 workplace policy.
The COVID-19 crisis is putting pressure on employers and workers to introduce new procedures and practices or to suspend their work and business activities in a very short time. In this context, occupational safety and health provides practical support in continuing or maintaining work and contributes to halting the transmission of COVID-19.
Understandably, the emergence of a new disease in public causes confusion, fear, insecurity, and feelings of helplessness. Nevertheless, it is important that the emergence of a new coronavirus does not paralyze our daily lives.
Employers should warn or urge sick workers to stay at home and follow instructions. It is advisable to do work at home as much as possible. Non-essential business trips are not recommended.
COVID-19 disease, caused by the new coronavirus, is quite similar to other respiratory infections, such as e.g. flu. The disease is manifested by malaise, fatigue, colds, fever, cough, and in more severe forms with a feeling of shortness of breath. The data show that as much as 80% of the disease is mild and people get over it without complications.