With the NY State Restaurant Association
Tuesday, September 20th, 10-11:00 AM EST
Mental health is the leading cause of employee turnover, with 89% of employees who left their job this year reporting feeling burned out or unsupported. Economic uncertainty, stressful working environments, and more challenging interactions with guests and co-workers make restaurant and hospitality work more difficult than ever before. Despite this growing need for mental health support, many restaurant employees either don’t have or don’t know how to access mental health resources.
Our panel of experts will discuss what the current crisis looks like, why having an EAP alone may not be enough, and how to cost effectively offer resources and support to your employees while also mitigating your risk.
If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, call 988 or message the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
We’ve heard this more and more - that some people who test multiple times during the course of an Omicron infection are testing negative then positive, and sometimes back and forth multiple times. There was a widely read Wall Street Journal article about a journalist who tested five times in one day, with two rapid positives, two rapid negatives, and a negative PCR. They spoke with our friend, testing expert Mara Aspinall, who discussed a key thing that most people don’t know: you’re not swabbing for mucus, you’re actually swabbing for the cells lining your nose. You should always blow your nose right before taking a test to clear the mucus out. You may have been doing your COVID tests wrong all this time!
If you’ve managed to dodge COVID until now, congrats! You may be supremely lucky, careful, or both. More likely, though, is that you actually have had COVID, and just didn’t have any symptoms. That in itself is pretty amazing. Doctors believe there may be another thing happening for some people, too, where they are being infected but their immune system clears the virus so fast that they don’t get sick. So they’re actually infected, but not for long. Unfortunately, the most common story we hear is this: I thought I was totally immune because I had multiple exposures and never got sick…until I did. We know people who cared for sick family members without getting sick, thought they were super dodgers, then finally got sick in the past few months. So, it’s safest to assume that no, you’re probably not a super immune outlier, and you should continue to manage your risk level assuming that you can still get sick.
No, anyone with symptoms of an infectious illness (yes, even you!) should stay home when you’re symptomatic. If you test negative once or even twice on rapid tests, you could still have COVID. Three tests 24 hours apart is about as good a test as you can get, and if you’re still negative, you probably don’t have COVID. But that doesn’t mean that you aren’t infectious with something else. RSV and other colds are going around already, and this year’s flu season is predicted to be worse than usual. It’s very hard to know which one you have, and either way, you could interrupt business operations and get other people sick by going to work when you have a cold, even if you’re pretty sure it’s not COVID. Stay home until you’re feeling better.
Dr. Fauci said recently that boosters will likely go from every 4-6 months to annual shots like the flu shot, but it’s not clear exactly when we’ll get to the point where we can make that switch. If there’s another really infectious new variant like Omicron, we may need a mid-year booster to help. But we’re hoping that as more people get vaccinated and boosted, the virus mutates less, which would allow us to move to a yearly shot more easily. The CDC is moving away from stating the number of doses you need, instead encouraging people to get “the latest” booster dose to stay up to date. Right now, that means that nearly every 12 and up should go get the new bivalent booster by Halloween.