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Know about regulations and everyday care to prevent corona virus in UAE

18-03-2020 Pranav Menon

New measures to fight coronavirus to come into force in UAE

Health and Safety Department of Dubai Municipality have put out measures on food establishments to prevent the spread of corona virus in UAE. If you have showing symptoms, the food establishments can bar the entry. All the tables must be cleaned and disinfected immediately after customers leave.

UAE urges residents to avoid travel to reduce the spread of coronavirus

Temporarily stops issuing visa to all excluding diplomats till further notice.

Ban of sheesha through out cafe's and other facilities. Decision of banning Shisha would continue until further notice. This has come within the precautionary and preventive measures to curb the spread of coronavirus "Covid-19".

Abu Dhabi schools told to deep clean. Protocols include regular deep cleaning with bleach to protect against novel coronavirus in UAE.

Suspends major events to beat coronavirus in UAE. Many upcoming major entertainment events in the nation's capital and Dubai are under consideration following the new coronavirus outbreak in the UAE. Also follow the offical links in HSE event page for postponed date of the HSE events



Symptoms of coronavirus

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear.Look out for one, some or all of the main symptoms:

  • A cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above) or chills


Other symptoms are fatigue, headaches, sore throat, aches and pains.
If you develop symptoms you will need to self-isolate and phone your General Practitioner. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they will arrange a test.

If you are going to work without symptoms

1. Implement cleaning protocols for all spaces in your workplace.

Shared workstations should be cleaned with disinfectant wipes before and every intervals of work. Employers should provide disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers throughout the office, but expecially in shared areas.Organizations using dynamic workplace strategies eed to immediately implement a heightened level of cleaning and sanitizing protocols those including workstations,conference rooms, collaborative areas, cafes, reception and other common areas. You have to build a safe and clean work atmosphere to keep the workers healthy.


2. Strengthen good hygiene practices with bold signs and communication.

Best ways to protect yourself from the spread of germs is by handwashing, so remind the workers to properly wash for atleast 20 seconds (or the Happy Birthday song twice) before rinsing and drying. Make sure that the bathrooms are well supplied with soap, and order sufficient anti-viral cleaning in case of a shortage. Employers can install plenty of hands free sanitizer dispenser that contains at least 60% alcohol through out lobbies, meeting rooms, and lounges.

No touch garbage can reduce contact. Encourage collegues to use tissues when touching common surfaces like metal subway poles during commutes to and from the office. Employers should also give serious consideration to cancelling, postponing or rescheduling company meetings or group events. While simple handwashing and covering your mouth seems obvious, display bold signage as a reminder.

3. Prepare for a possible work from home strategy.

If your employer has unexpectedly shut down, you may feel lost navigating remote work.

While this all can be tough, finding a strategy that works can help you make it through.
Write a strategy for how you want people to act. What are work hours? What are the expectations around when are you at your desk? When are you making calls? Do you have a dedicated workspace?.

Due to its inherently isolating nature, remote work relies much more on digital communications and especially modern workforce collaboration tools. This article https://www.zdnet.com/article/ give you an indepth and effective strategies you can implement as a part of the possible public distancing

4. Screen Visitors to the Workplace

Employers have a duty to protect visitors to the workplace from hazards that are not open and obvious. If an employer is aware of known cases of coronavirus infection among its employees, the employer may have an obligation to notify visitors.


5. But overall educate Your Workforce and Communicate Regularly with Employees

Employers should communicate openly and often with the workforce so that employees have information they need to help keep themselves educated and updated about the coronavirus. Provide employees with additional resources so that they may learn more about the situation as it develops.

On its website, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is responsible for maintaining secure working conditions for workers by setting and implementing workplace practices and delivering training and training, offered advice and information on coronavirus.

If you quarantined


Make it a staycation : Avoid leaving the house unless absolutely necessary (including work, school or church )

Dont share your stuff: Don’t swap unwashed dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home.

Wash everything : Washing your hand would be your first line of defence. Also use tissues for cough and sneeze then throw away.

Cooperating with authorities : Following quarantines and other public health mandates help slow and stop the virus.

The coronavirus via your most frequently used accessories

Handbag handles are a danger zone; the more often the handbag is used, the more likely natural oils - and potentially the virus - are transferred from your hands onto the leather. Wrapping a scarf around the handles of your handbag is a great way of reducing cross-contamination.

Remember your bag is not a dumping ground! Make sure you avoid throwing any rubbish, old receipts and unnecessary items in your handbag. Easiest way to remove germs or any trace of the coronavirus is by cleaning your handbag.



Mobile phones are the top contenders, with over 25,000 germs on average.You can use Clorox wipes or wipes with 70% alcohol, which you can get at the drugstore, to wipe down your phone. Also use this to wipe Laptop,mouse, keyboard, tablet, coffee mug and water bottle frequently as one of many measures public health authorities are recommending to try to slow the spread of the virus.

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