OMG. I almost agree with this thinking!
The issue has always been about living with this infection, not in preventing it. I am feeling justified at the moment.
Looks like we do need a Grandma Protection Plan after all. Keep the Geezers Safe! Yeah!
No one wants to accidentally give Grandma or Grandpa COVID-19. We need to protect nursing homes and vulnerable populations from COVID-19. Now we need someone to write about it so others can live it!
Let’s not blow the doors off self-isolation but let’s craft a set of practices on how to live with this disease in our society.
1) Announce early retirement with no penalty
2) Develop guidelines for safely visiting loved ones in nursing homes
3) Develop sanitization plans for public places
COVID-19: How to safely open a government building
Living with COVID-19 is a reality. This thoughts aren’t to prevent all possible occurrences of disease transmission. However, it does reduce the risk that a mass outbreak will occur as a result of a single infected person.
Top government officials within a function or a facility are responsible for establishing an Infection Control policy for employees and citizens it serves. In addition, an Infection Control Committee should be established in functions or facilities that have more than 40 employees. The size and scope of the Committee is to be determined by top government officials. The purpose of the Committee is to reduce the likelihood of a government worker outbreak. The Committee is to reduce, not eliminate, the risks that one infected person may infect multitudes.
An Infection Control Policy should include:
- Developing a Function or Facility Sanitization Plan
- Strike Zone Sanitization: Sanitize all horizontal surfaces in the Strike Zone that the public or employees may touch when entering, conducting their business, or exiting the building. The Strike Zone is between the knees and shoulders of an average height adult. Sanitize all Strike Zone areas of vertical surfaces like doors and windows and trim, which the public or employees may encounter.
- Frequency of Strike Zone Sanitization: Door handles, customer windows, and public work counters/surfaces: every two hours. Trim and other Strike Zone areas before and after the work shift.
- Equip all customer-facing personnel with disinfectant to clean as often as they feel it is necessary.
- Establish a Sanitization Station at public entrances/exits for the public and employees to sanitize when entering and leaving a government building.
- Reducing human-to-human (H2H) droplet transference:
- Employ transparent plastic shielding between employees and the public at all public-facing windows and counters.
- Employ masks and gloves where appropriate. Change as needed throughout the day.
- Implement a “No Sticky People” policy for employees and the public. People with runny noses, sneezy, coughing, drooling, or leaking bodily fluids are not permitted to enter unless they have an appointment. They should be escorted to and from the appointment area wearing appropriate PPE. A designated meeting area for Sticky People is preferred but not required.
- Deploying signage throughout the facility explaining the Sanitization Plan for the building and the No Sticky People Policy. The signage should remind everyone that personal responsibility to prevent infection is just as crucial as Sanitization Plans for the public-at-large. People should be told they are in control of themselves. Because the nature of the disease allows for asymptomatic transmission, adults are encouraged to protect their mucosal areas from virus infiltration.
- Protecting personnel:
- Government employees will be provided with the necessary PPE for the jobs they do. The appropriate PPE is determined by top government officials in conjunction with the Infection Control Committee.
- Personnel may employ additional personal protection as they deem necessary. If the additional protections interfere with other departmental employees or the departmental work, the department supervisor will provide coaching, and set PPE standards for the ongoing performance of the department. The employee has the right to appeal those standards to Human Relations and Infection Control Committee for adjudication. The decision of HR and the Infection Control Committee is binding on the employee.
- Social distancing policy is to be utilized in all areas the public-at-large has access. Social distancing rules are relaxed in non-public areas of the building as determined by the Infection Control Committee and top government officials. Meeting rooms and conference rooms shall have the sanitization schedule posted in a visible location.
- Change the operational nature of government and citizen interaction: Provide phone assistance with e-form completion and provide web-based tutorials on the use and intent of government services.
- Change the business hours for all governmental public-facing activities from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Retain the hours for non-public-facing activities as appropriate. These hours may assist employees in finding convenient and suitable childcare and provides greater opportunity for flexible work hour arrangements. This will also ensure citizens are able to fit government services into their daily schedule as many working Americans work 8-5 pm.
- Special Conditions and Rules:
- Cafeteria and restaurants: Within a government facility, cafeterias and restaurants are subject to the policies established by the Infection Control Committee and may include: sanitization efforts sufficient to prevent the transmission of surface-to-human infections, droplet protection for sanitized utensils and dinner ware, droplet protection for foods and condiments, and caution signage that advises and informs users of the risks in utilizing the food service, i.e., increased human contact and increased risk of infection.
- Handling of money: It is the responsibility of government facilities to accept the traditional monetary method of payment employed by citizens. Traditional methods are checks, money orders, cash, credit cards, and e-technologies that represent the traditional methods. The Infection Control Committee is charged with reducing the infection risk associated with the transference of payment.
- Childcare for Employees: It is the responsibility of the employee to provide safe custody and care for his/her children during normal business hours. The supervisor of the department may grant, upon request and suitability, flexible hours and flexible work conditions to employees with safe-childcare obstacles. Closure of childcare facilities present such an obstacle. Supervisors are not required to provide alternatives to childcare obstacles but are requested to be flexible where possible.
- The closure of schools does not present an obstacle to safe childcare. It is common for schools to close for three months of the year and to have specific dates in which schools are closed while a government facility is open. These are standard closures under normal conditions for parents to problem solve their childcare needs.
Who says things like this?
“What makes you effective as a leader is not the title you hold. Rather it’s demonstrating an unrelenting focus on helping others succeed in their collective efforts. Many people believe leadership is something that’s conferred along with a title or attained when you direct a team of people, but true leadership is never about authority or power, according to Lolly Daskal. It’s about helping others grow, and that’s something anyone can do. If you desire to influence and have an impact on others, you have leadership qualities. And if you can inspire people to do something they thought they couldn’t do, demonstrate how the impossible is possible, believe in someone when they didn’t believe in themselves, you’re already a leader”