As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, especially as more and more adults in the U.S. get vaccinated, experts warn that now is not the time to abandon all precautions.Dr. Fauci estimates that most adults should be able to be vaccinated by this summer and fall, though some experts believe that there could be a resurgence of the virus in the fall and winter months.
Returning employees to the workplace during and after the COVID-19 pandemic will not be as simple as announcing a reopening or return-to-the-workplace date and carrying on business as usual. Not only will many workplaces be altered initially, but some may also experience long-term changes, even as vaccines become more widely available.
Mitigation strategies remain essential, and QuantSTAT works together with organizations to embark on the re-entry phase of the pandemic and beyond. As more people in the U.S. return to workplaces, there are a number of steps employers can and should take to help protect their employees.
Masking A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the consensus is in—masks work. While not necessarily the most pleasant accessory, wearing the right type of mask and with the correct fit can significantly reduce the chance of spreading the coronavirus.
Social Distancing Although not a perfect science, social distancing of at least 6 ft between employees can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Why does social distancing work? Because the larger droplets that contain coronavirus (that are expelled when we talk, breathe, cough, etc) are heavy enough that they tend to fall out of the air within a relatively short distance.
Ventilation Scientists now know that small airborne particles containing coronavirus can accumulate and linger in the air in indoor spaces with poor ventilation. An important step employers can take to minimize this risk is to enhance ventilation in the workplace. This will look different in each workplace but can include 1. Updating existing ventilation systems 2. Keeping windows/ doors open and 3. Running ventilation system throughout the workday to filter air.
Clean and Disinfect While COVID-19 transmission through fomites is not believed to be a main source of transmission, the CDC and other agencies recommend cleaning high-touch surfaces regularly with proper disinfectants.
Communication Communication is key in keeping your workplace safe for your employees and your customers and for making sure everyone is on the same page. For more tips on best practices for communicating with your employees click here.
Screen Employees for Symptoms The CDC recommends that employers actively encourage sick employees to stay home. An easy solution to figuring out who should stay home is to implement virtual health checks by pre-screening employees from home before they leave for work. QuantaSTAT for Teams helps employers streamline this process through a HIPAA compliant self-screening platform, so you can protect your employee’s privacy while taking the necessary steps to keep COVID-19 out of your workplace.
While we look forward to a post-pandemic world, remember the importance of taking action now! Preventing the spread of COVID-19 now will help us get to our new normalcy faster and save countless lives. QuantaSTAT is here to help your company best protect your employees. Contact us below to learn more!
Until next time, stay vigilant, and let's do everything we can to stop the spread.
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