Executive Summary COVID-19 Wednesday 3-18-20
Your best questions of the day:
Most health departments aren’t providing written confirmation, and are going to be increasingly behind on reaching out to confirmed positives with follow-up info. Asking a few good questions of employees who claim they’re sick (what are your symptoms, when did they start, when/where did you get tested, and when did you get the results?) are our best tool to “verify” positive results. And at this point, lots of people have been exposed.
We are really opposed to taking employee temps for many reasons - from ADA to there just aren’t enough thermometers or temp strips available. But add to that - up to 40% of COVID-19 patients don’t have a fever (20% have no symptoms, 20% have no fever). However, it seems (based on a tweet) that you’ll be taking temps in OH immediately for all employees (if you can find thermometers or temp strips - good luck with that. None on Amazon).
There’s a paper COVID-19 symptoms survey in the app. If you need access or have questions about the survey, let us know.
Zero Hour Health is also piloting new online surveys and our own Coronavirus Team to make the process easier for employers, at an additional moderate cost (covering our additional IT and staffing costs).
Right now, the CDC recommendations still require 14 days, but we’re hearing that they might lower those to 72 hours symptom and fever-free. Stay tuned for an update as soon as we hear more. We worked with our CDC contacts all day and didn’t get a definitive written answer.
Our best read of the day: Many of you have been challenged by Hep A over the last two years. The silver lining of all of this is that it prepared us for COVID-19: San Diego Officials Responding to Coronavirus Say They've Learned from Bungled Hep A Crisis
Today’s celebrity birthday, so that you have someone to sing to as you wash your hands: Mike Rowe, host of TV’s “Dirty Jobs.” While we’re all going through challenging times during COVID-19, it might help give some perspective if you re-watch particularly...fun...episodes of “Dirty Jobs,” like “Worm Dung Farmer” or “Sewer Diver.”