Updated: May 11, 2020
Conducting Employee Wellness Screenings is important in quickly identifying potential cases. This should include a Wellness Questionnaire. However, it can also include a temperature check and an oxygen-level check for objective metrics. Low oxygen levels without undue breathlessness continue to be a sign of underlying COVID-19 related pneumonia.
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Why Wellness Screenings Cover a Variety of Symptoms
If any of your employees have asked (or you’ve ever wondered) why the COVID-19 wellness screenings cover so many different areas of employee health, here are some answers:
There is no single symptom that everyone who has tested positive has shown. Even fever, which was originally thought to be universal, is not necessarily a symptom for all. However, since fever is still one of the most common symptoms, it is a primary means of detection for many businesses and doctors.
Based on the current knowledge and scientific evidence, TAG recommends screening for fever, cough, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, chills repeated shaking, loss of smell, and diarrhea as primary symptoms; and headache, muscle pain, tiredness/fatigue, sore throat, and low oxygen levels as secondary symptoms. For secondary symptoms, individuals should have two or more to be considered potentially positive.
Oxygen (O2) levels below 90%, as measured with a medical grade oximeter, is a relatively new determined symptom that has been getting more attention as a pre-symptom indicator. Some coronavirus patients are unknowingly losing oxygen by silent hypoxia.
As the weather warms, allergies are also coming into play. Indeed, a headache; itchy, watery eyes; and drainage-related cough could be symptoms of seasonal allergies rather than of the coronavirus. This is another reason fever is a primary symptom to test for in COVID-19 detection, as fever is unlikely to be a symptom of seasonal allergies; and why the screening covers a range of symptoms.
As of May 11, 2020 (13:27 ET), there are over 4,142,000 cases (>283,000 deaths) worldwide.
Due to the increasing number of cases in the United States, TAG will move from reporting counts per country to focus on the United States, please see here for the data. For further information regarding worldwide numbers, please refer to John Hopkin University’s aggregate map.
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