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Guide to Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health and government officials have guidelines for food delivery, leaving the house, and working from home during COVID-19.

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The World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, and many government officials worldwide have told citizens worldwide that social distancing is one of the best things we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many countries are under “shelter-in-place” orders and people must stay inside except for buying necessary groceries. 

The government has outlined precautions to take during this time and companies are offering services tailored to those who are remaining inside. We have gathered information on some of the essential tools to have while working from home as well as how to go about daily life in this new normal we find ourselves in. 

Food and Takeout/Delivery Options

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the COVID-19 virus. However, they still recommend that consumers follow the four steps of food safety: clean, separate, cook, and chill. Grocery stores and other establishments that are still allowing customers to enter the store have marked their floors with tape lines. It is important for everyone waiting in line to stand the six feet away from the person in front of them using these tape lines. 

Many restaurants are offering pickup and delivery options for their customers during the pandemic. If you choose one of these options, try to use a credit card for payment, if possible, to avoid exchanging physical money with the employee. Additionally, those receiving deliveries of food should place the bag the food came in in their sink and not on a table or other surface. Use your own plates and silverware for the food and be sure to wash your hands before and after eating. 

Use delivery services whenever possible for all of your delivery needs. This essentially allows you to avoid anyone that may be possibly infected and asymptomatic and decreases your chance for getting sick in the first place. 

Staying Indoors and Essential Work

If your company is considered to be “essential” during the pandemic and you can complete your job remotely, do so. Working from home ensures you can complete your tasks while reducing contact with other people in the workplace. Employees who must go into work, such as healthcare professionals, are staying away from their own homes and families for fear they may have been exposed to the virus while in the hospital. 

Intermountainhealthcare.org suggests that workers should disinfect their phone and any other device or piece of clothing they may have worn during working hours after coming home. They also state that a worker should leave the house in their personal clothes and change when they get to work. This clothing should then be placed in a separate bag and not brought back into the house after being worn.

Working from Home

While working remotely, you need to protect your corporate and personal data on your devices. Cyber criminals are trying to take advantage of this time when devices are being utilized more than ever. They are attempting to breach emails and steal sensitive information. Additionally, there is always a chance that your computer, mobile phone, or tablet could break physically or experience a virus, which could compromise your entire system.

In this case, the best option is to call a data recovery company like Secure Data Recovery. We have a 96% success rate in working on all devices and operating systems. We return all of your data on hardware encrypted devices that we manufacture called SecureDrives. These are an ideal device for working from home as they protect your data with layers of government-certified encryption and require unique authentication methods to keep you in control. To learn more about our data backup devices and data recovery services, call 1-800-388-1266.

 

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