The World Health Organization (WHO) evidences community transmission by “the inability to relate confirmed cases through chains of transmission for a large number of cases, or by increasing positive tests through sentinel samples (routine systematic testing of respiratory samples from established laboratories)”. This form of transmission is particularly worrisome for health officials because it means the virus is in the community but no one knows where it has come from or can track its origins. It also suggests the virus is widespread in a community. Community transmission of COVID-19 has been linked to social gatherings, including work spaces.
To reduce this form of transmission, the Kenyan government has issued guidelines time and time again, encouraging employers to allow their workforce to work remotely. This has been one of the most effective strategies to curb the spread of COVID-19. But not every business has this option. This therefore begs the question; what other guidelines are needed to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 at the workplace?
Some inexpensive but effective guidelines that promote hygienic practices within office setups include: ensuring that surfaces are wiped down regularly, thorough hand washing is encouraged, and face masks are available at all times. Communication kits such as display posters can also be put up to detail the proper way of wearing a mask and washing hands. Such simple measures go a long way in promoting respiratory hygiene in the workplace.
For businesses that involve travel and/or event organizing, it is important to keep up with the national advisory on cessation of movement, as well as accepted numbers at public gatherings. It is also important to maintain an information trail by having everyone in attendance provide their contact information. This makes it easier to conduct follow up in case of any eventualities. If absolutely necessary to have these meetings in-person, then it is best to hold them in well ventilated spaces with free flow of air.
In the online fundraising world, the ability to manage the whole fundraising process virtually has made it possible to reduce transmission in the workplace as there is essentially no contact. For instance, on M-Changa, after a main fundraiser registers their fundraisers directly on the website an M-Changa customer care agent (CC) calls them to take them through the verification process. The main fundraiser then submits their verification requirements directly on the portal and their fundraiser is verified. Upon verification, the fundraiser can then withdraw and meet their fundraising needs.
This convenient process coupled with the provision of resources to the company’s staff has made it possible to follow the work from home directives. The option to book an appointment for in-person service provision further makes it possible for M-Changa to keep their employees safe while providing best service to its customers.
Most importantly, the creation of a clear communication channel with employees is crucial. This allows anyone experiencing even mild symptoms to come forward without fear of being reprimanded. The sooner individual cases are isolated, the easiest it becomes to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 is curved; especially in the work place.
M-Changa is an African online and mobile fundraising platform that was launched to make fundraising more convenient, more efficient and more secure than the traditional Harambee. To date, over 50,00 fundraisers have raised millions of dollars from over 1M+ contributors.
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