People with careers in biopharma have experienced some of the busiest months of their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Finding a way to balance your job and keep your family safe at home has been a point of stress for many individuals. Here is how you manage both.
Precautions to Take at Work
Healthcare and biopharma professionals are exposed to COVID-19 more than most other people. They are in contact with others on a daily basis and, in some cases, in contact with infected individuals. Here are the precautions that can be taken in the workplace.
- Practice social distancing
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands on a regular basis
- Limit the personal items you bring to work
- Pack your lunch
- Sanitize your workstation
As a biopharma professional, you are likely worried about the other people in your life contracting COVID while a vaccine is developed. Below are tips for keeping your family safe at home from the pandemic.
Regular Health Checks
Check your temperature and the temperature of those in your house twice a day. Monitor for any potential symptoms. If your family doesn’t have a thermometer, stay alert and take note of any feverish feelings you might have.
Isolate Sick Family Members
If someone in your family falls ill, isolate them as much as possible. In some cases, this may mean them staying in their bedroom away from the rest of the household until they are feeling better. Limiting exposure to others can help decrease the risk of multiple family members falling ill. Additionally, it is important to teach your children and remind adults that covering coughs and sneezes are a must.
Leave Coats and Shoes Outside
Anytime you come home from work or being out, leave your coats and shoes outside in the garage if possible. At the very least, keep them far away from the rest of your clothing and anything else you come in contact with.
Change Your Clothing
You should change the rest of your clothing when you get home and toss them in the laundry. Everything that was on your body was directly exposed to potential germs.
Wash Your Face Masks
Many people have reusable face masks. Washing these on a regular basis is crucial to staying healthy. You should only wear the mask out once before it is washed again.
Disinfect High Traffic Areas
In your home, disinfect and wash high-traffic areas daily. These will usually be areas like the kitchen, bathroom, and common spaces.
Stay Up on Laundry and Dishes
Keep up to date with your laundry, dishes, and other chores at home. Leaving them to pile up creates a better environment for the virus to grow and thrive. Use hot water to wash your clothing and dishes. Before putting them away, be sure to wash your hands as well.
Make a Plan
Lastly, it is important to have a plan of action in case anyone in your family gets sick. Know how your family will need to quarantine and what next steps you need to take.
Part of planning ahead during the COVID era is prepping for a potential career or job change. The professionals at Staffing Resource Group can help you find a job that best fits your skills and expertise.