Coronavirus or Computer Virus:  Helping Hand Helps your Business Stay Prepared

There is a lot of information floating around about the Coronavirus- what is it?  How does it spread?  What do you do if you suspect you have it?  At Helping Hand IT- we are a family company and we care about you and our family of business partners.  If the spread of the coronavirus has you considering remote work solutions, we are here to help you be prepared with solutions that will keep your business healthy and strong.

What is the Corona Virus?

The Coronavirus is a highly contagious virus that spreads quickly and is generally mild-unless you have low immunity and have difficulty fighting off infections. The World Health Organization states that most symptoms are as mild as a cold or flu and others who are infected never fall ill at all.

The virus is transmitted through droplets of mucus that are released when an infected person coughs, sneezes or breathes.  The virus can survive for two hours up to two days on dry surfaces, and can be easily spread through handshakes and other physical contact.

How Can You Combat the Virus?

There are very simple ways to prepare yourself and avoid exposure to the virus.  Washing your hands after contact with others and cleaning hard surfaces like tables, door knobs and keyboards with and disinfectant cleaner will remove the contagion from your immediate area because coronaviruses are easy to destroy.

The American Chemistry Council’s list of EPA-approved cleaners includes:

  • Purell Multi Surface Disinfectant
  • Clorox 4 in 1 Disinfecting Spray
  • Clorox Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
  • Lysol Brand bleach multi-purpose cleaner
  • Lysol Disinfectant Spray
  • Clorox Disinfectant Wipes

This week, the EPA released a five-page list of disinfectants that it says are strong enough to ward off “harder-to-kill” viruses than the coronavirus.

The EPA’s list included:

  • Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Clorox Commercial Solutions Clorox Disinfecting Spray
  • Lysol Heavy-Duty Cleaner Disinfectant Concentrate
  • Lysol brand Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner.

If you are sick, you can opt to self-contain or self-quarantine until your symptoms pass.

Work from Home Options for your Business

If you are operating a small business and are considering work from home options for your employees, there are many things you can do to be prepared for the possibility of employees needing or requesting to work from home.

Helping Hand IT can help you set up work from home solutions using VPN and IP Phone technology, and accessing your communications in a cloud-based environment.

For those who don’t have IP-enabled phones for your staff members, Helping Hand can help you with the installation of mobile apps that will replicate your work phones in the home environment.

Advantages to IP Phone solutions

The IP phone can replicate your office phone on a cellular device.  This allows employees the freedom to work from home using an IP address that is unique to your business.  Your employees may be at home, but your customers will see their calls as coming from the business office.

Dealing with an epidemic, an environmental disaster or other situation that impacts your bottom line, the key to keeping your business up and running is preparedness.  Planning for the possibility that your staff will need to work remote gives your business flexibility and options.

If you have one employee or 100, Helping Hand can customize solutions to fit your unique business needs and help you prepare should an emergency occur. Contact www.HelpingHand-IT.com for more information and a free consultation.

With the right planning and preparedness, your business will be able to operate while your competition scrambles for solutions at the last minute, giving you the competitive edge.  Contact Helping Hand IT to learn more about remote working solutions for your employees so you can stay up and running.