The Struggle Is Real:
COVID-19 Anxiety in the Workplace

A recent survey among American workers shows that employees are struggling in a variety of areas when it comes to COVID-19 and their jobs.

Source: The Wellbeing Lab Workplace 2020 Report

Are you doing everything you can to address COVID-19 safety concerns and increase confidence levels among your staff?

Gaps in Protection

Providing employees with personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and alcohol-based hand sanitizers are key components to workplace safety. However, there still may be gaps that leave workers susceptible to infection. Consider the following:

  • The eyes, nose and mouth—the T-zone—are known entryways for illnesses like the cold, flu and even COVID-19.1-4 This is why in addition to hand hygiene, the CDC recommends frequent facial cleansing to help prevent and control disease.5 But hand sanitizers are indicated for use on just that—the hands.
  • Furthermore, a recent Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study shows that the eyes can be not only an entryway for COVID-19 but also a source of person-to-person transmission of the disease.6 Therefore, standard PPE protocols focused on eye protection may need to be reassessed, as the study researchers suggest taking extra eye contact precautions.
  • Excessive hand washing and use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers not only dry the skin, but they have been shown to break down the skin’s barrier—increasing the risk of infection.7
  • Alcohol has limited residual effects, meaning frequent re-applications of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Prolonged wearing of PPE can cause pressure, friction and skin breakdown, possibly making employees less compliant with wearing their PPE.

Close the Gaps, With Theraworx Protect

How can Theraworx Protect Advanced Hygiene and Barrier System strengthen your COVID-19 assessment and control plan, helping to ensure the highest safety protocols and boost employee confidence?

  • Theraworx Protect provides advanced hygiene for not only the hands but also the face, complying with the CDC’s guidelines on facial cleansing. And this non-toxic, no-rinse solution is safe to use on the T-zone—the area leaving your employees most vulnerable to infection.
  • Not only that, but because Theraworx Protect is safe to use on the eyes’ mucous membranes (the tissues lining the eyes), it can be used as an additional eye contact safety measure, supporting the latest recommendations on taking extra eye contact precautions.6
  • What’s more, Theraworx Protect supports the skin’s natural antimicrobial barrier and defensive functions, helping to prevent skin breakdown and maintain the integrity of the skin, which is especially important if your employees are donning PPE.
  • Plus, Theraworx Protect supports the skin for up to 4-6 hours, meaning fewer re-applications vs. alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Get Theraworx Protect for Hands & T-Zone

How to Use

Follow these protocols when you enter the workplace, and repeat them throughout the day as necessary, in accordance with your policies and procedures.

Hand Protocol

Note: If you’re a healthcare worker, the CDC recommends using hand sanitizer for your hand hygiene protocols, and Theraworx Protect can be used as a persistent adjunct to those protocols.

STEP 1

Apply 1-2 full pumps of foam onto one hand.

STEP 2

Rub hands together until fully absorbed, being sure to cover all surfaces of the palms, and backs of both hands, in between all fingers, and underneath the fingernails.

STEP 3

Do not rinse your hands. Allow to air dry fully before putting on gloves. Repeat these steps every 4-6 hours, after washing your hands, or as often as needed. It’s also important to follow this hand protocol before removing PPE, and again once the PPE is safely stored or disposed of.

T-Zone Protocol

STEP 1

After you’ve completed hand protocol, apply 1-2 full pumps of foam onto palm of hand.

STEP 2

Gently rub into face until fully absorbed, paying particular attention to the “T-zone” (around your eyes, nose, and mouth).*

STEP 3

If you will be putting on PPE, apply to any skin where the equipment may create friction and pressure, like behind the ears, on the forehead, and on the tops of the cheeks. Make sure you allow time to fully dry before putting on PPE. View our recommended protocol for applying Theraworx Protect under PPE to avoid skin breakdown.

STEP 4

Gently rub just inside each nostril, using a circular motion.

STEP 5

Do not rinse your face. If desired, follow with the hand protocol again. Repeat these steps every 4-6 hours, after washing your face, or as often as needed. For best results, use Theraworx Protect before applying makeup, sunscreen or moisturizers.

*Not intended for oral ingestion. Can be applied around the eyes and on the eyelids, but do not put directly in the eyes, as it may cause eye irritation. If eye contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water.

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References:

    1. The New York Times website. Stop touching your face! https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/02/well/live/coronavirus-spread-transmission-face-touching-hands.html. Accessed June 3, 2020.
    2. CDC website. How COVID-19 spreads. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.htm. Accessed June 3, 2020.
    3. WHO website. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice
      for the public. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public. Accessed June 3, 2020.
    4. WHO website. Rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19). https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen. Accessed June 3, 2020.
    5. CDC website. Facial Cleanliness. https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/face/index.html. Accessed June 3, 2020.
    6. Lingli Z, Zhenhua X, Gianni M. ACE2 and TMPRSS2 are expressed on the human ocular surface, suggesting susceptibility to SARSCoV-2 infection. Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. bioRxiv 2020.05.09.086165; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.09.086165.
    7. Medical News Today website. Hand washing: expert advice for people with skin conditions. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/hand-washing-advice-for-people-with-skin-conditions. Accessed May 28, 2007.
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