The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting all of our lives right now. Tomo Drug Testing’s number one priority is the health, safety, and well being of our employees, donors, and communities we serve. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation going around regarding this virus and we want to make sure our clients are well-informed. Read more about the coronavirus, health and safety tips, and Tomo’s responses below.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Tips
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting all of our lives as we work together to combat the spread . Tomo Drug Testing’s number one priority is the health, safety, and well being of our employees, donors, and communities we serve. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation going around regarding this virus and we want to make sure our clients and donors are well-informed as we continue to remain available for your drug and alcohol testing and compliance needs.
Symptoms and Testing
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, shortness of breath, a dry cough, and sometimes tiredness. Don’t confuse it with seasonal allergies, which mostly includes congestion, itchy nose and eyes, and sneezing, or the flu, which includes runny nose, coughing, sore throat, aches, and fatigue. According to the CDC, until tests for COVID-19 are widely available, only people exhibiting the typical COVID-19 symptoms should seek testing.
The number of confirmed cases is likely to go up as more tests become available. Higher numbers may seem alarming, but that represents an increase in the number of people who have been tested, not an increase in those with the virus. The more information we have about who has the virus, the easier it will be to contain and treat it.
Social Distancing and Protecting At-Risk Demographics
Why are we being encouraged to avoid large gatherings and work from home if possible? Coronavirus spreads person-to-person through close contact and when an infected person coughs or sneezes and germs get on their hands or surfaces other people touch. Individuals 65 or older and those with respiratory problems or compromised immune systems are most vulnerable, and the best way to protect them is by following social distancing recommendations.
Tomo is following all social distancing recommendations and policies within our testing offices, keeping the safety and well being of our employees and donors first while remaining available for your drug and alcohol testing needs.
Importance of Hand-Washing
Because there is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, washing our hands frequently is one of the best ways that we can slow the spread of the virus. Regular soap is a highly effective weapon against coronavirus. Germs have a fatty layer that holds them together, and when the fatty layer comes in contact with soap, it breaks apart and the virus is destroyed. Hand sanitizer is to be used as a substitute if soap and water are not available.
Tomo is following current testing procedures, requiring all donors to wash their hands before and after providing a specimen. Donors are also encouraged to wash their hands for the full 20 seconds, per CDC guidelines.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces
Washing our hands is great, but every time we cough or sneeze, our germs travel to surfaces as far as 6 feet from us. We should be disinfecting our electronic devices and the surfaces in our homes and workspaces. Don’t forget doorknobs, handles, and light switches! Soap and water, alcohol-based cleaners, or bleach are all good disinfecting options.
Tomo is sanitizing our offices and workstations in addition to common areas such as check-in counters and door handles with disinfectant every hour. We also wipe down ALL surfaces between each donor, and sterilize all instruments used per drug and alcohol testing procedures.
Getting Information from the Best Sources
As drug and alcohol testing professionals, our top priority is ensuring that our clients and donors have the most accurate information in times like these. To learn more about the coronavirus and what you can do to help slow the spread, visit the CDC website.
The content in this blog article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding serious medical conditions.
If you need assistance with your company’s drug testing policy, contact Tomo Drug Testing for help. Based in Springfield (MO), St. Louis (MO), Kansas City (MO), Indianapolis (IN), and Tulsa (OK), we offer customized solutions to make drug testing simple, and our nationwide network of clinics and providers allows Tomo Drug Testing to be available anytime, anywhere. For a free needs analysis, give us a call today at 1-888-379-7697 or contact us online. We would be happy to help!