Returning to work? Do you know the workplace requirements

These guidelines come as government gradually reopens the economy under level 4 of lockdown while ensuring that the spread of COVID-19 is contained.

Under these guidelines, returning employees must wear masks at work. Employers must also require members of the public entering a workplace to wear masks.

Employers must provide each employee, free of charge, with at least two cloth masks to wear while at work or commuting.

Are smokers and tobacco users at higher risk of COVID-19 infection?

Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as the act of smoking means that fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with lips which increases the possibility of transmission of virus from hand to mouth. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of serious illness.

Smoking products such as water pipes often involve the sharing of mouth pieces and hoses, which could facilitate the transmission of COVID-19 in communal and social settings.


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