TO: ALL TENANTS
DATE: FEBRUARY 11, 2020
FROM: ALHOUSE DEATON
SUBJECT: CoVID 19 Update#1
To our Valued Tenants,
With all of the information currently in the news about the Novel Coronavirus and Pandemics in general, we wanted to share some additional information. The following comes from several different sources, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and is simply offered as another available resource. We hope it is helpful to you and your teams!
What is a CoronaVirus?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) coronaviruses are common in many different species of animals and can evolve and infect humans, then spread between humans. Recent examples include SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Many patients in the Wuhan outbreak were reportedly linked to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread.
As of January 27, 2020, there were more than 1,000 reported infections throughout China and 5 cases in the U.S., from individuals who had recently traveled to Wuhan. As has been reported, there have been many more cases reported since then.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath and may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. The immediate health risk of contracting the virus in the United States has been considered low, however, it is recommended that you continue to check for updates with the CDC for any updated information.
Avoid close contact with individuals showing signs of illness.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth without first washing your hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
*If you have traveled to China in the last 14 days, the CDC recommends seeking medical attention right away. Notify your doctor’s office or emergency room about your situation and travel before you visit their offices.
Other Recommendations and Considerations:
Review your company’s current pandemic flu plan or develop a new plan. Involve your employees in the development and review of the plan.
Develop flexible leave policies to allow employees to stay home to care for sick family members or for children, especially if schools dismiss students or childcare programs close.
Plan for how business can continue if many employees must stay home. Cross-train employees so that critical functions may continue.
Distribute educational literature about prevention.
Provide resources and a work environment that promotes handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes. Provide tissues, hand-soap, and alcohol-based hand cleaner.
Pandemic Resources: www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources
BOMA Canada: www.bomacanada.ca/pandemicguide
If you have any urgent requests, please do not hesitate to contact us at (415) 644-0463.
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