The United Family makes it a top priority to protect the health of our team members, their families and our guests. During the last few weeks, the coronavirus has dominated the news cycles, impacted stock markets and raised concerns throughout the nation. And though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the risk of coronavirus infection in the United States is low, we want to make sure team members have the latest information to take care of themselves.
HOW TO STAY HEALTHY
- The coronavirus is a respiratory illness that was first detected in China.
- The outbreak is still focused largely in central China.
- Per the CDC the risk of infection in the U.S. continues to be low.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear facemasks. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of coronavirus or are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Coronavirus symptoms are similar to those of colds and flu, with a fever of 100.4 or higher.
- As of February 26, 2020, 14 cases of coronavirus were reported in the U.S.; in contrast, 15 million flu cases were reported so far, this flu season.
HOW TO STAY HEALTHY
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Get your flu shot (available at all our in-store pharmacies with no appointment needed).
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched or handled regularly.
- If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- If you are sick with a flu-like illness and you have a fever of 100.4 or above, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other basic needs. Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine before you return to work.
- If you are worried about being absent from work because you don’t have available time off or may be subject to an attendance control policy, please contact Talent Management as soon as you can. There’s no reason to go to work when you’re sick, especially since you can make others sick.
- If you have concerns or questions about your health or potential exposure to the coronavirus, you should contact your healthcare provider.
- If you are feeling anxious or need to speak with someone about the coronavirus situation, please reach out to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 877-294-3271.