How to Keep Your Family Safe if You Go Back to Work and They’re Still at Home


As the danger of COVID-19 diminishes in many areas, outbreak-related restrictions are starting to loosen. That means you might be headed back to work soon, even as your family stays at home. How do you keep them safe when you head back to the workforce? 

It’s a difficult issue. You need to get back to work in order to bring in a paycheck and restart your career. (And to get rid of the cabin fever that’s been setting in during the long weeks of lockdown.) However, you don’t want to endanger your family members by exposing them to the coronavirus.  

It doesn’t have to come down to an either/or decision. There are ways to limit the danger to your loved ones while still returning to work.

Here are some of the steps you can take: 

Watch for Symptoms 

If you are going out into the world, you need to stay vigilant for signs that you’ve contracted coronavirus. Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and be prepared to quarantine yourself if necessary. Here are some of the main symptoms of the disease: 

  • Fever  
  • Cough 
  • Sore Throat 
  • Difficulty Breathing 
  • Muscle Aches 
  • Fatigue 
  • Headache 

Keep a lookout for indications that may have contracted the virus, and take the appropriate steps when necessary. To learn more about what to look out for, check out the CDC’s information page here 

Stay Informed  

The coronavirus outbreak changes shape constantly. Different regions have different levels of risk. At the same time, government regulations and recommendations change, sometimes day-to-dayThese conditions put a high value on maintaining the latest information. 

Keep up-to-date with the circumstances in your area. Take a little time each day to read the latest updates from reliable sources. This will help you gauge the danger level, and let you take appropriate precautions. 

Wash Your Hands  

This may seem too simple to even mention, but it represents your first line of defense. Don’t give the virus a chance to jump to your loved ones. Wash your hands regularly, and use hand sanitizer as needed. Make a special effort to wash up before heading home for the day.  

Use Separate Items (Cups, Clothes, etc.) 

Don’t share cups or silverware with your family. Separate a set of these items for your personal use, and then wash them yourself. At the same time, you might also consider having a separate set of clothes for work. Change out of these before you come home, and keep them away from everyone else’s wardrobe. Wash them separately. 

Keep Your Distance  

“Social distancing” has become the theme of the outbreak. To protect your family, you may have to maintain some mild social distancing at your home. You don’t need to lock yourself in the garage and avoid all contact with your family. However, you can take some small precautions to keep them safe. Limit physical contact and keep your distance when possible, at least until the danger of infection passes. 

Keep Your Distance at Work Too 

Just because you’re headed back to work doesn’t mean that all restrictions come off. You can still limit your danger of catching the coronavirus by taking some precautions at the office. Wear a mask, if recommended at your workplace. Also, avoid physical contact with other employees. No hugs, handshakes, or high-fives until the virus is definitely gone. 

As the threat of the coronavirus recedes, more and more workers will be headed back to their jobs. However, finding a position in this complicated environment could prove difficult. That’s why you should have a strong staffing agency, like DHR, on your side. They can help you find the ideal situation for you, in any economic climate. 

Contact DHR today to learn more.  

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