October 09, 2020
In Today’s Recommendations for Industry, we discuss the increasing COVID-19 trends in the European countries – and whether it suggests a similar rise for the U.S. Read more here.
Planning for hurricane season and other potential disasters is stressful enough already; it is even more so with COVID-19. As Hurricane Delta bears down upon the Gulf Coast, shortly after yet another recent hurricane, the CDC updated its Natural Disasters page to account for COVID-19. The CDC provides reminders and resources for preparing for emergency situations, seeking public disaster shelters, and keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. Check the list here.
The largest study on COVID-19 presentation in pregnant women reveals that “COVID-19 has a prolonged and nonspecific disease course during pregnancy” and symptoms can last up to 8 or more weeks.
A recent study found that “the economic impacts of the pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean finds negative effects concentrated among low-income workers, suggesting that COVID-19 may exacerbate existing economic inequality and negative health outcomes in developing countries.”
On Monday, we discussed the CDC’s updated mask recommendations. Read more here about what this means for you and your workers.
As the seasons are changing, the CDC has released new guidance for hosting gatherings and cook-outs. Remember to remind guests to say home if they are sick; encourage social distancing; continue wearing masks (you don’t know the risks of those who may be attending); clean hands frequently; limit the number of people serving and handling food; and limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items. Follow their suggestions here.
OSHA has updated and clarified its guidance on how to report work-related COVID-19 cases, including when to report when illness or death has occurred resulting from work-acquired COVID-19. Read the short explanation from OSHA.
A recent study sought to understand “public perceptions of government responses to COVID-19” to “foster improved public cooperation.” How did the different countries score? Find out here.
This month is National Health Literacy Month, “a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information.” One good way to do this is through the use of TAG’s easy-to-understand COVID-19 postable infographics. Read more at health.gov
Recommendations for Industry
Do Europe's COVID-19 Increases Portend a Similar Trend for the U.S.?
Having conducted ongoing analyses of the COVID-19 trends in Europe, TAG has observed that both (a) case rates per 100,000 peoples and (b) test positive rates of European countries are again trending upward, even in countries which had begun a downward trend.
With the U.S. following Europe in COVID-19 trends, should we expect to see a similar rise in the U.S. in the coming weeks? We suspect that it does, particularly given that the U.S. is also slightly behind Europe in weather trends; with cooler, dreary weather, the European population is moving increasingly indoors. The U.S. is just now arriving at the cooler season.
What might this mean for the U.S.? It means (with hearty apologies for our continued repetition): Hold the Line! The pressures to “hold the line” are increasing in several ways:
With the weather cooling, gatherings are moving inside. By moving inside, infection risk is significantly greater. However, there continue to be a fraction of individuals that reject the validity or use of masks.
The seasonal increase in influenza not only reduces the body’s ability to fight against illness but also makes it more difficult to differentiate COVID-19 cases, as many symptoms are similar.
COVID fatigue. Likely of most significance is the overall weariness with the fight against COVID, and desire to resume a “normal” life.
Once again, TAG recommends that businesses continue to implement all COVID protections and continue to communicate the importance of that to your employees.
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As of October 09, 2020 (10:38 ET), there are over >36,593,000 cases (>1,063,000 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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