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Going to the office

Text updated on 2020-05-13

If you have symptoms, do not go to the office. Stay home.

■ fever ■ cough ■ sore throat ■ shortness of breath ■ loss of taste or smell ■ nasal congestion ■ nasal discharge ■ frostbite ■ diarrhea

How long is a person contagious?

Did you know this? A study of 893 employees at Helsinksi in 1995 found that those who share an office with colleagues are more likely to catch two colds in a year than those who work alone at their desks. Find out more

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Plan at least two masks for a working day: a first mask before a meal and a second mask after a meal. Two bags would be useful to store clean and used masks separately.

Did you know this? The coronavirus can remain infectious for several days on a porous surface. On the outer part of a surgical mask, 7 days later, one thousandth of the initial infectious amount of SARS-CoV-2 virus remained. For more information

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Wear a mask in all rooms shared with your co-workers.

Did you know that?Social distancing is not enough. The 60 members of a choir gathered in a room to sing for 2.5 hours on March 10, 2020 in Washington State, USA. They kept safe distances, used hydro-alcoholic solutions, but did not put on masks. Three weeks later, 45 of them tested positive for COVID-19.For more information

Did you know this? In a study of the SARS outbreak in Hong Kong, people who frequently wore masks in public were half as likely to be infected with the SARS virus as those who did not. For more information on the SARS outbreak in Hong Kong

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If possible, avoid the elevator, which is a confined space, and prefer the stairs. If you have to take the elevator, put on a mask and get on the elevator only if other people are also wearing masks and if you can stay 1-2 m away from them.

Did you know that? In January 2020, in a call centre in South Korea, more than 90 employees working on the 11th floor were infected with SARS-CoV-2 from a person with COVID-19. Three people on the 9th and 10th floors were also contaminated, possibly via the elevator. For more information

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If possible, ventilate the rooms before visiting.

Did you know that?One person was infected by taking a bus in which an infected person had been on even when the person had left the bus 30 minutes before.For more information

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Keep an appropriate distance when interacting with others. If you notice garlic or curry on the other person's breath with your mask, you are inhaling what they are exhaling, including any viral particles, so keep your distance.

What is the recommended distance between two people?

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Wash your hands when you arrive at your workplace, and disinfect the workstation if necessary (with hydroalcoholic gel or anti-virus disinfectant spray). You can cover objects (keyboard, etc.) with a transparent plastic film so that you can easily disinfect by spraying the plastic film with hydroalcoholic gel or disinfectant spray, or by replacing it.

Why wash your hands?

How do you wash your hands?

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Consider that all of your colleagues, customers and yourself can potentially be carriers of coronavirus. This is the best way to protect yourself and others. Explain to your colleagues that you are not behaving in response to them but against the virus, which is invisible to us. Social distancing and barrier gestures do not prevent you from maintaining your usual kindness and cheerfulness.

Did you know that? In Germany, in January 2020, when the use of masks was not yet widespread, two pre-symptomatic persons contaminated two colleagues at their workplace following 2 brief contacts for one, and 4 brief contacts for the other, while they were not yet showing symptoms. For more information

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Wash your hands regularly, especially after handling shared objects (photocopier, telephone, coffee machine, etc.).

Have a bottle of hydroalcoholic gel or 70% alcohol on hand. This bottle should be accessible without having to close or open a door.

Did you know that? A study of the SARS outbreak in 2002 showed that washing your hands more than 10 times a day reduced the rate of infection. Find out more about this study

Why wash your hands?

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Do not eat lunch in a closed room. Choose to eat with your colleagues outside, or with the windows open, so that possible airborne viruses can escape.

Did you know that? So far, only one case of "cluster" contamination has been identified that has taken place outdoors: it was a festival where there were tents with minimal ventilation for eating. The other cases of cluster contamination have taken place in closed places: sports hall, boat, restaurant, hospital, church, etc. For more information

Can SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus be caught by eating?

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