Updated: August 5, 2020
In today’s Recommendations for Industry, we have our weekly risk update. We explore what has changed in the U.S. in the past week, including states that may be of concern in the upcoming weeks. Read more here.
As “the effects of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minority groups is still emerging”, the CDC is set on promoting health equity in its COVID-19 response as “a disproportionate burden of illness and death among [racial and ethnic minority] groups”. Watch the CDC video presentation as “presenters from local jurisdictions and national organizations discuss actions taken to mitigate the disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minorities” including “strategies to reduce COVID-19 health inequities for racial and ethnic minorities at the local, state, and national level”. Watch here on Youtube.
There is still no cure for COVID-19. Please be wary of any company or group that may be selling cures to relieve, cure, or prevent COVID-19.
Recommendations for Industry
Q. I’ve seen that some businesses are beginning large-scale testing of employees to detect potential asymptomatic cases of COVID-19. Should I be doing this?
A. As critical infrastructure businesses, food companies face a very complex balance between the need to maintain the food supply and to protect public health. Because of this, there are some essential factors that businesses should consider in COVID-19 testing, the most critical of which is that you consider what you will do with the results before testing. This holds true for any such testing, be it viral testing for current infection or antibody testing for previous infection.
To determine this, one option for detecting asymptomatic persons while considering the impact on the food supply is to conduct rolling testing. This could be testing employees in one area of the plant, or a certain percentage of employees, one week; then another group or percentage another week.
Another consideration would be to look at testing through the lens of your local community. If your community is at, say, a 15% infection rate, you are likely to find at least this percentage among your employees. So, again, what will you do with those results?
TAG has been working with businesses, including many critical infrastructure companies, since late February on recommendations for business maintenance through COVID-19. Give us a call for assistance with your business.
As of August 6, 2020 (07:46 ET), there are over 18,563,065 cases (>701,000 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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