How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus? Work from home!

Are you concerned for your health and safety nowadays? We won’t blame you. Ever since the new COVID-19 virus was identified as originating from wild bats in the Huanan Food Market in the beginning of December 2019, the illness has spread around the world to every continent excluding Antarctica. While the illness is not nearly as lethal as other well-known viruses of the same family such as SARS and MERS, it is still significantly more likely to cause a serious reaction than the seasonal flu, especially in the elderly and others with underlying health issues. Keeping this information in consideration, people’s top priority is keeping themselves and their families safe.

Staying Safe

As with any contagious illness, there are basic precautions in place to protect yourself and considering that there is currently no known cure for the virus and a vaccine stated to be 18 months away by leading researchers, staying clean is your best bet. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or more is a must since our hands are some of the dirtiest parts of our bodies. They come into contact with all types of surfaces throughout the course of the day and all it takes is a cut or picking your eyes, nose or mouth to allow the pathogen to enter your body. Make sure to wash your hands several times throughout the day, namely whenever going out of the home or coming into contact with other individuals. Secondly, try to stay away from those coughing or sneezing as a dry cough is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19 along with a fever. Try to exercise caution by staying at least 1 meter (3 feet) away from the individual experiencing these symptoms. Finally, if you are experiencing any symptoms, whatever the illness, always exercise proper oral hygiene by covering your coughs and sneezes with your bent elbow or tissue. If you are or someone you know is experiencing a fever, dry cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance, more information is available on the WHO’s website for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) advice for the public.

Is It Worth It To Stay Home?

Countries such as China and Italy have imposed massive travel restrictions and some countries have shut down schools. All around the world, environments that are conducive to the spread of the pathogen have been canceled or delayed which begs the question of whether your office space is safe anymore. While the Canadian government has so far repeatedly stated that the risk to Canadians remains low and that the situation in the country remains under control, if you have the ability to not work from the office, that would probably be the best option in terms of preventing possible infection. Working from home obviously has its benefits but also, inevitably, its own drawbacks. While working from home might seem like a vacation to be able to get away from the stagnant office atmosphere, you still need someone answering clients and following up with clients on new leads as well as customer support services. This is where virtual offices have made their breakthrough. Offering everything from call answering services to customized virtual office spaces that are available for rent so that you aren’t left footing massive bills at the end of the month and instead only pay when it’s necessary which saves you time and money. This means that you can get the exact office space you want, for the amount of time you want and where you want it. If we’re going to be honest, if you want to hold a meeting to discuss sales, you won’t need the whole team on board, only the most important people. This means that there are less chances that you get exposed to someone who might be carrying an illness and because you won’t be sitting in that office space all day, you are far less likely to contract something.

Virtual Assistants- Flexible and Competitive Rates

Nowadays, we are living in a highly globalized world where we can get connected to people on the other side of the world in a matter of minutes. Hiring secretaries, database admins, IT support and customer service employees has never been simpler. Toronto virtual assistants can help you out. You can hire anyone from the area to work for you without having to deal with office or equipment expenses and there are no long-term contracts so you can pick and choose freely and get in touch with potential job candidates in a couple of hours. This is the future of business and the added benefit is that it keeps us all safer. You may be wondering what some other features of virtual offices are. Call answering and mail handling features are key when you don’t have anyone in the office to schedule appointments or meetings if the secretary isn’t there. Secretaries require full-time pay while these virtual office spaces are temporary and the contracts available are flexible so that they suit your needs. That is why virtual assistants are the way to go.

Despite all of this, let’s consider you personally, perhaps you aren’t the type that works well at home because of distractions, don’t worry, shared offices are available all across the city

when it comes to organizing large meetings and business plans, communicating can get a bit hectic, especially if you want to chat with someone one-on-one so that they can’t ignore you. These are also rented spaces used by anyone who wants to come in to get some work done while still having the amenities of an office. They are perfect cost-effective tools to make you still feel like part of the community without having to deal with the same monotonous office space day in and day out.

Conclusion

Staying safe should always be your number one priority; washing our hands, recognizing symptoms and being wary of those who show them are the best way to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. The thing with life is that it gets messy and things from one aspect of life can seep into another (i.e. our work lives). No matter the circumstances, we still need to find a way to get work done. This is where shared and virtual office spaces and assistants come into the picture by offering flexible working conditions with no need for huge office spaces and in turn only hosting smaller gatherings when necessary. Not only does this save everyone a hassle, it’s the way forward for businesses in the future. So hop on the bandwagon today!

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