Headaches are a tough one - they are extremely common (and with high levels of anxiety during the pandemic, perhaps even more common than ever). Our recommendation for best clinical practice is to exclude an employee with a headache for the rest of the day - especially if they’ve taken Tylenol or some other fever reducing medication that could mask other symptoms of COVID. You (and we) are definitely struggling with headache issues. But it is a common first symptom of COVID so we want to be thoughtful and conservative how we handle headaches.
As many of you now know, Dade County introduced their own regulations yesterday with a temp cutoff off of 99.5°F. Where that came from we haven’t a clue. That is very low and especially in Miami in summer. But we’re seeing various jurisdictions introducing their own very specific measures. We continue to recommend following 100.0 F in order to meet most jurisdictions’ cut offs.
Again, a tough question and one that needs further clinical evaluation. This scenario has come up several times in the last few days. It is difficult to differentiate between an allergy cough and a new COVID cough. We are hesitant to accept a drs note from an urgent care center or a telemedicine visit vs. a primary care physician (who knows the patient) where the person’s allergy history is unknown. Sometimes the prudent decision is to kick the can down the road by one or two days to see if allergy medication resolves it.
No. We were surprised when we learned people were commuting together over the last few days and first found out about it the hard way when conducting a risk assessment after an employee tested positive. Although they likely didn’t work together within six feet for more than 30 minutes, they were in a car together (and we later learned unmasked) for 30 minutes each way to work daily.
Employees should only be carpooling together if they are family members who live together or roommates. We know this can be a challenge, but if at all possible, you should be discouraging them
University of Minnesota’s CIDRAP hosts an infectious disease podcast. We recommend the most recent episode
Today the world provided so many bizarre and hilarious stories that we couldn’t pick which one to include…
So, have them both… we could all use a good laugh….