- The director-general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom, has shared guidelines that could help workplaces manage the COVID-19 risks
- Adhanom advised that the return to work to be done in a phased, controlled and cautious manner to avoid putting lives at risk
- The WHO director-general recommends for workplaces to take preventive measures against the virus
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The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom, has shared four guidelines that could help countries manage the COVID-19 pandemic as their societies resume work.
The WHO director-general shared the safety tips at a conference on back-to-work policies.
Adhanom said the return to work should be done in a phased, controlled and cautious manner to avoid putting lives at risk.
In the first guideline, Adhanom advised employers and managers to carry out regular updates on their risk assessment for work-related exposure to the virus.
The WHO director-general also recommended for workplaces to take preventive measures, including decisions for opening, closing based on workplace risk assessments.
Adhanom further advised employees who are unwell and showing COVID-19 symptoms to stay home, self-isolate and contact local health authorities for testing and treatment.
He also called for special measures to be taken to protect those at higher risk of developing severe diseases.
Meanwhile, the disease control agency, in a tweet on Wednesday, May 6, maintained that cloth face mask alone cannot guarantee total safety against the virus.
“Remember, cloth face masks are to be used as an additional layer of physical distancing; a mask alone cannot protect you from #COVID19,"
NCDC tweeted. “Please continue to maintain a distance of 2 metres between yourself and others at all times to stay safe."
Legit.ng notes that the use of face mask made of several fabrics has been on a steady rise in the country since President Muhammadu Buhari relaxed the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT.
Advising Nigerians amid a sudden emergence of face masks made of ankara and local fabrics, NCDC also maintained that frequent hand washing is compulsory in order to avoid having contact with the pandemic that has announced its presence in over 200 hundred countries and territories.
The agency, however, warned that health workers at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus must continue to use a medical mask instead of cloth alternative.
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