Home working can help minimise the spread of Covid-19

As the government prepares for a potential Coronavirus pandemic, the onus may be on businesses to find ways to minimise the spread by encouraging home working. The question is, does your IT network currently support the technologies that make this possible?

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Published on: 5 March 2020

Minimising the spread of COVID-19 – can your business do more?

As the government’s plans to combat a potential pandemic of Coronavirus in the UK gain significant traction, UK government ministers warn that up to a 5th of workers could be in isolation, having a significant impact on business productivity.

If Social distancing strategies are recommended, more people may be encouraged to work from home, meaning that some businesses need to act now to review their networks, ensuring their ability to facilitate voice and data integration for remote workers.

Earlier this month we released a guide to help you learn more about the alternatives available, as currently many businesses throughout the UK are still running on ISDN and PSTN networks. These networks are now recognised as out of date, owing to architecture limitations that restrict the flexibility necessary to support emerging communication technologies. 

The government’s plans to contain the potential threat of Coronavirus highlight the necessity for those business still running on ISDN lines to switch over to VoIP solutions in order to implement social distancing strategies and facilitate remote working. And, as newer networks will be IP-based, the capabilities to support more versatile technologies means that remote workers displaying potential Coronavirus symptoms will feel empowered to self-isolate, whilst still being able to contribute to essential business processes.

With a pandemic due to be declared imminently, the onus really is on businesses to do all they can to minimse the spread of the virus through allowing home working where possible.  

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, these are some of the methods you can do in the workplace to reduce the spread:

  • Encourage good hand hygiene
  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Emphasise the importance of staying at home when sick
  • Encourage employees to travel only when necessary
  • Perform routine cleaning throughout the premises
Full information from the CDC can be found here

 

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