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continuing
education

the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and how the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration can help.
At most workplaces, OSHA recommends protecting
workers by emphasizing basic infection prevention
measures, including:7
* Promoting frequent and thorough hand-washing
or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
* Encouraging workers to stay home
if they are sick.
* Encouraging good respiratory etiquette.
* Providing workers, customers and the public
with tissues and trash receptacles.
* Exploring whether workplaces can establish
policies and practices, such as flexible worksites
(like telecommuting) and flexible work hours
(staggered shifts), to increase the physical
distance among employees and between
employees and patients.
* Discouraging workers from using other workers'
phones, desks, offices or other work tools and
equipment, when possible.
* Maintaining regular housekeeping practices,
including routine cleaning and disinfecting of
surfaces, equipment and other elements of the
work environment.
Not only is the COVID-19 infection more serious
and with widespread repercussions, but it also caught
everyone off guard, especially from a logistics standpoint.
Face masks, especially N95 masks, are in high demand
and the country experienced a shortage. CDC offers
guidance for managing supplies during normal and
emergency times:8
* Conventional capacity: Supply levels allow
providing patient care without any change in
daily practices.
* Contingency capacity: Measures may change
daily standard practices, but may not have any
significant impact on the care delivered to the
patient or the safety of health care personnel.
These practices may be used temporarily during
periods of expected face mask shortages. CDC
recommends selectively canceling elective

*

and non-urgent procedures and appointments for
which a face mask is typically used by health care
personnel. It also advises removal of face masks
for visitors in public areas; keeping face masks
in a secure and monitored site; implementing
extended use of face masks; and using care not
to touch face masks.
Crisis capacity: When levels are extremely low,
CDC recommends the following measures, or
a combination of these measures:
° Canceling all elective and non-urgent
procedures and appointments.
24,000
° Using face masks beyond the
-62,000
manufacturer-designated shelf life
during patient care activities.

deaths

Adults older than 65
accounted for 57%
of hospitalizations
and 75% of
influenzaassociated
deaths.

410,000-
740,000
hospitalizations

18 million-
26 million
medical visits

39 million-
56 million
illnesses
Source: CDC estimates for 2019-20 flu season,
Oct. 1, 2019, through April 4, 2020
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