I have been working from home for the last couple of years, so I understand the expectation from an organizational, personal perspective. But some of you might never be operated from home before, and I know it’s tough for them to stay back.
The difference being, in pre-Corona Virus (COVID 19) times, many organizations had begun to incorporate WFH into the lives of their employees with remote working. So what is the difference now? Well, many organizations already implement work from home infrastructure at speed without warning and with the potential addition of a confined situation. As a result, the reality of working from home has been intensified.
There was a time when working from home once in a while is a luxury. Most people are excited by the prospect; however, in the reality of working from home being imposed upon us as a full-time obligation. Still, it doesn’t mean that you need to break your usual routine, and of course, you might have some extra time in bed as a result of a reduction in your commute. But it is essential to get up, get ready for work, and set up a space that you can work from comfortably. I meant sitting at a table to ensure you have good posture.
When you are working from home, you have to be your manager, and therefore you have to utilize your skills very quickly. At the end of each day, you need to write your to-do list and goals for the next day so that you have a clear idea for the next day, and you don’t have to waste time in the morning. The matter of fact is without your office-based distractions; you may be more productive! But there will be a couple of distractions e.g., doorbell, laundry, dishes, social media, TV and of course your partner. Let’s accept that some of these distractions can be prevented, and some cannot, and the distractions are a reality. Just make sure one thing; they are not taking over the whole working day. Stay at home and stay safe!
What is a coronavirus
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
What is COVID-19
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
How does COVID-19 spread
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
Only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19. A disposable face mask can only be used once. If you are not ill or looking after someone who is ill then you are wasting a mask. There is a world-wide shortage of masks, so We urge people to use masks wisely. We advise rational use of medical masks to avoid unnecessary wastage of precious resources and misuse of masks The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing.
The following measures ARE NOT effective against COVID-2019 and can be harmful:
• Wearing multiple masks
• Taking antibiotics (See question 10 “Are there any medicines of therapies that can prevent or cure COVID-19?”)
In any case, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a more severe infection and be sure to share your recent travel history with your health care provider.