Wednesday, November 9th at 3pm ET
Did you know that 81% of workers reported that they will be looking for workplaces that support mental health in the future?
Join us for a discussion on workplace mental health with Roslyn Stone, MPH, CEO of Zero Hour Health, with Lori Govar, MSW, an employee behavioral health expert, and Liz Colizza, LPC, the Director of Research and Programs at Talkspace.
They'll talk about what employers can do to support your team - and in turn, help your business thrive.
If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, call 988 or message the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
The good news is that Halloween is one of the safer holidays this season because trick-or-treating is so often outdoors. You can safely participate in spooky activities as long as you’re staying home when sick. If you’re particularly concerned about your own health or someone you love that’s at higher risk, consider making sure any indoor gatherings have good ventilation, asking guests to take a rapid test before the party, or wearing masks indoors in larger public settings.
RSV is a very common virus that usually circulates in fall, winter, and spring. Nearly everyone has been infected at least once before they’re two years old, and multiple times throughout their lives, according to epidemiologist Katelyn Jetelina. But RSV can be very serious for young kids - with a much higher hospitalization rate than flu or COVID in infants under one year. It can also be dangerous for older adults. RSV is likely surging right now in part because fewer people were exposed over the past two years due to COVID precautions, and therefore there’s lower immunity and more cases as we engage in activities without those precautions. Handwashing is key for preventing the spread of RSV, which is mostly spread through large particles, so keep washing those hands!
Convenience is king when it comes to people who are passive about getting shots but open to it. If they do have motivation, it will be short-lived, so you should make getting a booster as easy as possible. We’ve heard some great strategies that work, like having a manager explain the benefits of the updated booster and then offering to walk as a group across the street to a pharmacy right then. Arranging an on-site clinic for larger worksites is even better for vaccine uptake. If there’s a pharmacy nearby, give employees time to go over and get the shot during their work hours. Coordinate messaging blitzes for times when it’s extremely easy to schedule or get a booster that same day.
While it’s possible that MPX could be eliminated in the US, the CDC doesn’t think that it’s very likely. Instead, they expect it to continue to be transmitted at very low levels throughout the US indefinitely. The good news is that the outbreak has slowed significantly as vaccine becomes more available, people have become more aware of how to avoid infection, and as immunity has increased, particularly among members of the gay and bisexual community which has been most heavily impacted.