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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-18

Tackling corona virus disease 2019 (COVID 19) in workplaces

Division of Occupational Health Services, Department of Community Health, St John's Medical College, Sarjapur Road, John Nagar, Bengaluru, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Archana Siddaiah
Division of Occupational Health Services, Department of Community Health, St John's Medical College Hospital, Sarjapur Road, John Nagar, Kormangala, Bengaluru - 560 034
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DOI: 10.4103/ijoem.IJOEM_49_20

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Coronaviruses are zoonotic viruses and six species of Coronaviruses are known to cause human disease such as cause common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. In January 2020, scientists in Wuhan, China isolated a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), responsible for an outbreak of unknown pneumonia that had not been previously reported among humans. This virus spreads from person to person, through respiratory droplets, close contact, and by touching surfaces or objects contaminated by the virus. The incubation period varies between 2 days and 14 days. Symptoms usually include fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome. Older age and co-morbid conditions increase the fatality. Any person with a history of travel to and from COVID-19 affected countries in the past 14 days or any person who has had close contact with a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 are suspect cases and needs evaluation. Currently no vaccine is available and treatment is mainly supportive. Measures at workplace should include- avoiding non-essential travel, identifying and isolating sick employees at the earliest, hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, environmental hygiene and social distancing.


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