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Useful information about Covid-19

Symptoms for COVID-19, Flu, Allergies and Common Cold


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is coronavirus?

A coronavirus causes a type of acute respiratory disease.  Public health officials note there are seven different coronaviruses that can infect humans.  Four of the seven coronaviruses are common and cause symptoms similar to the common cold.  The other three (including COVID-19 acute respiratory disease) are rare and can cause more severe illness.  The outbreak of COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China late last year. 


What are the symptoms of COVID-19 and how is it spread? Updated April 23, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) originally only listed three major symptoms of COVID-19:  cough, fever, and shortness of breath.  The organization has expanded the list of symptoms to also include:  chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.  The most severe cases cause death, mostly in the elderly or those with a suppressed immune system.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

What is Henkel’s strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Henkel’s strategy follows the guidelines published by the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.We are encouraging sick employees to stay home.  If you have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness, please stay home until you are fever free and free of any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (Ex:  cough suppressant).  A fever is considered to be 100.4 degrees or higher when taken by an oral thermometer.  Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.

*Contact your healthcare professional or use Doctor on Demand if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.*

We are supporting the separation of sick employees.  If employees arrive at work and appear to have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, they will be separated from other employees and sent home.  The same is true for employees who develop symptoms during the work day.  They will be separated from other employees and sent home.

We are emphasizing respiratory etiquette

To help stop the spread of germs:

  • Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put your used tissue in a waste basket.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneeze.

We are encouraging hand hygiene.  Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.  Employees should clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

We are encouraging routine cleaning.  Please clean all frequently touched surfaces in your work space (such as doorknobs, countertops, keyboards, etc.)


We are recommending that employees limit in-person meetings as much as possible.  Please utilize the technology we already have in place to continue to conduct meetings (Ex:  Skype, teleconferences, etc.).  We do not want this to impact the level of customer service we provide.  If you have concerns about this please communicate with your direct supervisor.  In accordance with Governor Reynolds’ declaration, there should be no meetings with more than 10 people in attendance.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing involves avoiding large gatherings.  Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has made a declaration the requires mass gatherings of more than 10 people to be canceled or postponed.  If you have to be around people, keep six feet between you when possible.

Lunch and Break Times

We are encouraging social distancing.  Please consider staggering lunch and break times so that we don’t have a large number of employees in small locations (job trailers) at the same time.

Doctor on Demand

There are a lot of other illnesses going around right now in addition to COVID-19.  Remember that Doctor on Demand is a great option to visit with a healthcare provider from the comfort of your own home.  Doctor on Demand allows you to video chat with a healthcare provider.  This is a benefit under the Henkel healthcare plans.  Most Wellmark plans (even ones outside of Henkel’s plan) include this benefit.  I have attached a handout with more information about Doctor on Demand.  Even if this benefit is not covered under your healthcare plan, you can still use it.  The only difference is your co-pay amount will be higher.  If you have questions, please contact HR.

Employee Assistance Program

If COVID-19 has you feeling stressed, please don’t forget about the wonderful resource available to all Henkel employees.  You can call the employee assistance program’s confidential and toll free number at 1-800-327-4692.


Governor Reynolds launched the Test Iowa Initiative.  Iowans are being encouraged to go to testiowa.com to complete their own health assessment.  The assessment will better inform Iowans of their current health status, whether or not they should get a COVID-19 test, and instructions on how to get tested.  All Iowans are being encouraged to take the assessment regardless of whether they have symptoms.