Pandemic & Flu Safety

As we have all learned, lately COVID-19 cases have increased in many areas of the US and unfortunately right here Amerisafe Group's backyard of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The CDC revised their definition of “close contact,” broadening what should be considered exposures of potential concern.

Handwashing Safety & Flu Season

The CDC's latest guidance defines having a “close contact” with someone infected with COVID-19 as being within 6 feet of the individual for 15 or more cumulative minutes during a 24 hour period. The CDC previously defined a “close contact” as being within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 consecutive minutes. The new definition takes into account "briefer but repeated encounters" with an infected person.

Throw in the advent of Flu Season and we have significant reasons to pause and remind all of the continued need for diligence in preventing COVID-19 (and flu) spread. Per CDC, and PA, please continue to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and the flu.

CDC GUIDANCE
Flu Season Safety

Avoid close contact

  • Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household (such as co-workers). Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
  • In the office: Practice the above precautions, and do not enter in to others work space unless absolutely necessary (i.e., socializing in offices or cubicles).

Cover mouth & nose with mask when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick, so the mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Wear a mask in public settings when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Pandemic Mask

Monitoring Your Health Daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop, and please report to your manager if you are feeling ill or suffering any symptoms potentially related to Covid-19. If not feeling well, exhibiting symptoms or have had close contact with a person that has tested positive or is exhibiting symptoms please do not report to work.

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Handwashing Safety

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean & Disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
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Cleaning and Disinfecting

Protect Your Health This Flu Season

Flu season is upon us and all of the above practices will also help keep you and others safe from contracting the flu. It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever. While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19 there are many important benefits, such as:

  1. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
  2. Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

Should you have an employee that may contract Covid-19, your company can only react as soon as they have the information. Please be forthcoming in sharing any potential “close contact” exposures you as an individual may have had with a known or suspected positive COVID-19 person. When promptly shared with the company this information will help keep our employees and their families safe and healthy.


Please be a good citizen by doing your part. You may be struggling with managing COVID-19 and its impacts to your business. Amerisafe can help. We offer a variety of services for companies to assist them in protecting their employees and managing COVID-19.

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