Updated: August 10, 2020
The FDA has revoked the EUA for Autobio Diagnostics Co., Ltd.’s Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Test (a SARS-CoV-2 antibody serology test).
There are almost 1 million COVID-19 cases on the African continent. The World Health Organization is ramping up COVID-19 support to hotspot countries, including South Africa. Read more from WHO here.
In today's Recommendations for Industry, we briefly discuss how school openings might affect your business. Read more here.
A recent study shows that asymptomatic COVID-19 patients shed COVID-19 viral particles at similar concentrations as symptomatic COVID-19 patients. Hence, it is imperative that we all wear masks (to protect others from ourselves), continue to practice social distancing, and wash our hands frequently! Read the study here!
If you have fully recovered from COVID-19 (confirmed by a positive test), the US Health and Human Services hopes that you will donate your plasma (which now contains COVID-19 antibodies) that may be able to help others fight off the disease. Find out more and where to donate here.
Recommendations for Industry
What Do School Openings Mean for Your Business?
Schools are beginning to open across the country, which means the COVID environment will once again be changing – and potentially impacting your business. Are you ready?
As children return to school, the potential risk of COVID-19 exposure will increase. Even with school protections such as masks, desk shields, six-food distancing, etc., there is really no way to completely eliminate the chances of unintentional (or intentional – they are children) interaction and contact. And if a child is sent home and asked to quarantine, this may result in the need for a parent or caretaker (potentially one of your employees) to stay home to care for the child.
Even if the child is older and asymptomatic, and does not need parental care – or if it is a teacher living with one of your employees who becomes infected – the quarantine could extend to the entire household.
With this newly increased complexity, TAG recommends that you be prepared with a plan, talk with your employees, and enact a plan to accommodate potential increases in absenteeism.
Discuss this changing environment with your workers. Ensure employees understand the seriousness and remind them to let their supervisors know of any school infections or contact of which the employee is informed.
Determine what you will set as your acceptable level of risk – Are you concerned only with close contacts? If a child or spouse is sent home, at what point must your employee also quarantine, etc.?
Are you prepared for increased absenteeism? Do you have any on-call or part-time workers who could fill in if needed? Are you set up with a temp agency?
While the pandemic has been headed in a semi-positive direction (meaning it is not escalating as fast as it had been), we don’t know what direction it will take once schools open. TAG advises that you keep your eyes on the road, have a plan – and give us a call if you need assistance with your program or plan.
… and be sure to read TAG’s Wednesday COVID newsletter with the weekly update on the virus’ spread and your state risk.
As of August 10, 2020 (10:00 AM ET), there are over 19,902,123 cases (>731,000 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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