Employee travel increases the risk of getting and spreading Covid-19. To protect your staff who need to travel, you can follow the official recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO).
· Make sure all employees have the latest information on areas where Covid-19 is spreading. You can find the latest updates here.
· Based on this information, your organization should assess the benefits and risks related to upcoming travel plans.
· Avoid sending employees who may be at a higher risk of serious illness (e.g. older employees and those with medical conditions such as diabetes or heart and lung disease) to areas where Covid-19 is spreading.
· Make sure all persons traveling to locations reporting Covid-19 are briefed by a qualified professional, such as a health care provider or local public health partner.
· Encourage employees to wash their hands regularly and stay at least one meter away from people who are coughing or sneezing.
· Ensure employees know what to do and whom to contact if they feel ill while traveling.
· Advise your employees to comply with instructions from local authorities and any restrictions on travel, movement, or large gatherings where they are traveling.
Organizers of meetings and events need to think about the potential risk from Covid-19 and take measures to ensure the health and safety of participants.
When your employees return from traveling
Employees who have returned from an area where Covid-19 is spreading should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days and take their temperature twice a day.
If they develop even a mild cough or fever (i.e. a temperature of 37.3 degrees Celsius or more) they should stay at home and self-isolate. This means avoiding close contact with other people, including family members. They should also call their healthcare provider or the local public health department and provide details of their recent travel and symptoms.