BAYADA is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak daily, and the health and safety of our employees and clients is our top priority. BAYADA's comprehensive Infection Prevention Program provides the highest standards of infection prevention practices as recommended by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have shifted our focus from mitigating risk to proactively preparing to care for clients with COVID-19. Accordingly, our nationwide offices are focused on emergency preparedness, obtaining necessary PPE supplies to keep our clinicians safe, and following CDC recommendations and the latest travel guidelines protocol to safeguard and support our employees, clients, and community.
BAYADA is committed to providing home health care services with the highest professional, ethical, and safety standards. Part of this commitment is providing you, our employees, with education to keep you safe. With the current media attention on COVID-19, we understand you may have questions about what is true and what is not, and how that may affect you, your loved ones, and our clients. Please review the frequently asked questions and answers found in our English Employee Education Tool or Spanish Employee Education Tool to equip yourself with correct, current information about the virus—and hopefully put your mind at ease, as well.
FAQs include answers to the following questions:
It is a new Coronavirus that was recently detected in Wuhan, China.
Coronaviruses in general are a large family of viruses that typically circulate during cold and flu season and cause mild respiratory illness.
COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person in China, and person-to-person spread among close contacts has been detected in several countries outside China, including recently, the United States.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Person-to-person spread means:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
- From respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can possibly land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, be inhaled into the lungs, or land on surfaces that people touch.
COVID-19 is an emerging disease and there is more to learn about how it is transmitted, the severity of the virus, and what will happen in the United States.
Symptoms are similar to other respiratory viruses and may include:
- Shortness of breath
Symptoms occur anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
- For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to emphasize the importance of community preparedness, anticipating that there is potential for community spread to occur in the United States.
- There are currently no clients on service at BAYADA with COVID -19.
- Clinical staff currently working in hospitals where clients with COVID-19 are receiving care are being provided with education and support to prevent transmission.
- The CDC has placed very tight controls on the entry of people to the United States from China and other areas where person-to-person transmission has occurred.
- BAYADA has an Infection Prevention Program that provides the highest standards of infection prevention practices as recommended by the CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- The annual education Staying Healthy: A Guide to Infection Prevention booklet outlines all of these practices; if you have misplaced your copy, please contact your office or go to www.bayada.com/stayinghealthy.asp.
- BAYADA has issued new procedures for employee travel-related concerns for guidance with managing potentially exposed employees.
- Open communication with your office is a key element to keeping both you and your clients safe.
- Alert your office if you or a family member are traveling to or have
traveled to one of the affected
- If you are traveling and unsure if your destination is affected by this outbreak, click here for important travel and safety information.
- Please note that the CDC currently recommends that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. Click here for more details.
- Upon return to the United States from an impacted region, please follow CDC recommendations which include at a minimum monitoring for any signs or symptoms for 14 days post-travel from a level 2 area; and self -quarantine, self- monitoring and social distancing for travel from level 3 areas.
- In general, whether you travel to an area where this virus is present or not, please do not come to work sick.
- Alert your office of any communication that is shared with you by your clients, their families, your friends, or relatives regarding possible exposure to COVID-19 upon travel to an area where COVID-19 is present, so we can provide you with any additional information to keep everyone safe.
- Consistently follow all recommended practices for hand hygiene and standard precautions, including using gloves and personal protective equipment (for example, surgical masks) when caring for a client with influenza, and safety needles to prevent exposure to blood and body fluids.
A message from CEO David Baiada
At BAYADA, we believe our clients come first. Our mission is, and always has been, to help people have a safe home life with comfort, independence, and dignity. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation in the US, we understand you, our clients, may have questions about what BAYADA is doing to keep you safe. Please review the frequently asked questions and answers found in our English Client Education Tool or Spanish Client Education Tool to learn more about COVID-19 and what we’re doing to ensure your safety.
FAQs include answers to the following questions:
- COVID-19 is a newly identified strain of coronavirus that has demonstrated person-toperson spread in several countries across the globe. In general, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that typically circulate during cold and flu season can cause mild respiratory illness.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with individuals who are showing symptoms of illness.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- BAYADA’s Infection Prevention Program provides the highest standards of infection prevention practices as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
- We consistently educate our clinical staff and provide oversight to ensure that they are following all the recommended standards, such as excellent hand hygiene practice and glove use.
- Our employees are educated not to come to work if they are sick and to use personal protective equipment (gloves, surgical masks) when caring for any client with signs and symptoms of respiratory illness.
- BAYADA employees are provided with education and support to recognize signs and symptoms of COVID–19, persons at risk, and measures to take to prepare for the possibility of COVID-19 transmission in the US.
- We are also reinforcing that any employee who travels outside the US to areas where ongoing disease transmission is occurring follow CDC recommendations related to safe travel and procedures to follow upon return to the US, including symptom monitoring and/or self-quarantine for 14 days.
- We are encouraging clients to notify their BAYADA office if they have recently traveled to an area affected by COVID-19 or have had contact with someone who has traveled or had exposure to someone with COVID-19.
The three primary symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- Shortness of breath
The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet)
- From respiratory droplets produced when an infected individual coughs or sneezes
- Symptoms occur anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
A message from CEO David Baiada
We'd like to update you on how BAYADA is responding to and working through preparedness plans as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak evolves. We are monitoring the situation daily, and the health and safety of our employees and clients is our top priority. BAYADA's comprehensive Infection Prevention Program provides the highest standards of infection prevention practices as recommended by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have shifted our focus from mitigating risk to proactively preparing to care for clients with COVID-19. Accordingly, our nationwide offices are focused on emergency preparedness, obtaining necessary PPE supplies to keep our clinicians safe, and following CDC recommendations and the latest travel guidelines protocol. As we continue to monitor the situation daily and safeguard our employees and clients, we are mitigating as much risk as possible. While we know the uncertainty and dynamics of COVID-19 will pose many challenges, we will strive to ensure minimal interruption to the client care we provide and our ability to continue to meet your members' needs and accept new patients.
BAYADA continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and the health and safety of our employees and clients is our top priority. As with any virus, there are simple good hygiene practices you can follow to protect yourself and loved ones. Learn about BAYADA's highest standards for infection prevention and for more information about good hand hygiene, visit the CDC's Clean Hands Save Lives website.
Important reminders from The Centers for Disease
Practice good hygiene
Important reminders from The Centers for Disease Control:Practice good hygiene Practice good hand hygiene, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth where viruses can easily enter; disinfect frequently touched surfaces, cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue and immediately dispose tissue in a trash can; and stay home when you are sick. View this resource
Follow travel guidelines
- The US Department of State provides safety and security information about every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of non-Level 3 international travel.View this resource