5 Ways Security Guards Can Offer Protection During COVID-19

Planet Earth and her occupants are not yet halfway into 2020, yet it appears the year needs to be uninstalled because there’s a virus. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had the world on a standstill as international borders are closed and local movements are restricted. Lots of ink has been spilled on whether there is a conspiratory theory behind the scenes or we are in for WWIII, this time with bioweapons and not nuclear weapons. Whatever the case, this is a situation not sparing the old and young, or the rich and poor. At the frontlines of this bio-battle are our medical personnel. However, everyone has a role to play. Here are 5 ways security guards can offer protection during COVID-19. 1. Protect themselves first following the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means, at the minimum, going about the usual security guard duties additionally armed with disposable examination gloves, disposable isolation gowns or coveralls, a NIOSH-approved particulate respirator or face mask, and eye protection or disposable face shields. Although, this is only required where a security guard has to come in contact with or apprehend someone suspected or confirmed to have the virus. After such contact, the security guard should endeavor to completely clean and disinfect their duty belt and other gear before reuse. 2. Spot persons exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. This can be especially helpful to facilitate immediate isolation and limit spreading of the virus. Some COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and loss of smell. The respiratory-related virus has a long incubation period of about 14 days, but some symptoms could appear in as early as 2 days. 3. Enforce public sanitation requirements like hand washing or applying sanitizers. While there are movement restrictions, certain places like hospitals and grocery stores are still open to the public. Security guards can help enforce and ensure adherence to public sanitation practices that slow down the virus spread. 4. Enforce social distancing protocols in public places. For a disease that is transmitted through contact, social distancing comes highly recommended for reducing the spread of the virus. The role of a security guard in this instance includes checking for temperature (above 38° raises a red flag), querying on reasons for entry to premises and if access should be granted, confirm if the guest is on a list of possible infected persons being traced, and ensure everyone keeps at least 5-6 feet distance from each other. 5. Staying alert for COVID-19 related scams. Although, most such scams are cyber-related. It is easy to issue directives and protocols aimed at managing the pandemic while overlooking essential personnel whose services are indispensable. As a security guard in these uncertain times, staying safe and healthy is also keeping the community safe and healthy.

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