Many companies have created a COVID-19 Task Force to help keep employees safe. Often, there’s one thing missing…
COVID-19 in the Workplace
The most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to keep people from being exposed to the virus. That’s a difficult task, as people naturally come into close contact at home, schools, the workplace, and countless other venues. While the well-being of your “work family” is paramount, the hazards of COVID-19 extend beyond health. A business can be ravaged by COVID-19, causing massive losses in productivity and revenue due to employees being sick, or unable to safely work. On top of that, the fraction of employees who end up needing intensive care as a result of the virus creates substantial medical claims for the employee and the business.
THE ONE THING
Regular COVID-19 testing is the only way to prevent an employee from causing an outbreak at the worksite.
What about symptom screening?
Many companies are implementing symptom screening at the worksite – taking temperatures or asking employees to use health tracking apps. The problem is that 30 to 50 percent of those with COVID-19 exhibit none of the symptoms, such as fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle pain, coughing, or loss of sense of smell or taste.
These asymptomatic employees put your office at risk of an outbreak.
What should every COVID-19 Task Force do?
If regular COVID-19 testing for all on-site employees isn’t part of your strategy, it should be. Keep in mind: Regular testing doesn’t prevent COVID-19. It prevents an outbreak.
You are the front line. It is possible to get back to work, safely.