We’re now almost eight months into the worst pandemic in a century. Some areas are reasonably controlled and others have rising cases, but now that fall is here, businesses must prepare for the unknown. No matter the current situation, as we get deeper into fall, we are expecting another wave of viral spread coinciding with the usual flu season.
As a leading concierge medicine practice, we’ve seen this virus from multiple angles. Our primary care doctors have tested and treated COVID-19 patients and helped others manage the stress of the pandemic. And as an executive health provider, our physicians have consulted for many businesses during COVID-19, offering clinically based, actionable advice to businesses as they attempt to keep their employees and customers safe and their companies afloat.
Now that fall is here, what should your business be doing? Here are five ways your business should prepare for a COVID-19 fall.
1. Double down on following the established guidelines.
We’ve all heard the guidelines by now. Wear a mask. Stay at least 6 feet apart. Wash your hands as much as possible. Avoid large crowds.
Back in the spring, implementing these guidelines in the workplace required creating new habits. Now, months later, it’s about making sure those habits don’t fade. Make it part of your company’s culture.
2. Require anyone working on-site to stay home at the first sign of symptoms.
This is simple. It must be completely acceptable for employees to call out sick at the first sign of symptoms. Educate your employees that it’s perfectly okay to not come into the office if they feel any semblance of a symptom.
3. Use this time to plan and prepare.
While the virus is actively spreading in several areas of the country, it is fairly contained in others. If you’re in one of those “fairly contained” areas, you have several weeks to prepare for a potential spike this fall.
Think about what you had to do on short notice back in March and April. Is there anything you would do differently?
4. Encourage employees to do whatever they can to improve their health.
When it comes to COVID-19, social distancing guidelines help us prevent exposure to the virus. But we should also focus on what we can do to minimize our risk of a bad outcome if you do get exposed and contract COVID-19.
The stronger your immune system, the better chance it can fight off the virus once exposed. And your immune system is at its healthiest and strongest when you eat well, maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly and sleep better.
5. Get advice for running your business safely from someone you can trust.
We are dealing with a virus that was previously unknown to us, and therefore we are learning more every day, every week and every month. What your business needs to be doing to protect your employees, and what it should be doing to protect the company’s future, changes often. It will continue to change in the coming months.
And at a time like this, your business might need someone who understands the science behind COVID-19 — someone who can interpret data, advise on which policies might be effective and provide a snapshot of the current landscape related to medical supplies your company might need.
As a business ourselves, we had to think through the same questions businesses across the country have dealt with. Only we’re lucky enough to have physicians readily available to help interpret what’s happening. And we want to help your business, too. That’s why we’re offering businesses a free consultation with one of our physicians.
You’ll get a one-hour virtual meeting (likely through Zoom) where our doctors will provide information on the current state of the pandemic and our advice for businesses, and answer any questions you have specific to your business.
The result? You get reliable, trusted medical advice in terms you understand, so you can make the best decisions possible for your employees and your business. Visit our website to learn more and request a consultation — https://www.partnermd.com/business-consulting-covid-free-consult.