COVID-19 Resources

Due to the continuous developments regarding the virus, TAG is offering COVID-19 Retainer Packages to businesses concerned with the impact of this outbreak.

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October 21, 2020

Recommendations for Industry

Handwashing: The New Why Behind It

A new study from Oxford has found that SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can survive on human skin for up to 9 hours, increasing the risk of contact transmission, accelerating the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic – and emphasizing the importance of regular handwashing.


The study compared the survival of SARS-CoV-2 with that of the influenza A virus, showing SARS-CoV-2 to have a significantly longer survival rate both on the skin – 9 hours compared with only 2 hours for the flu; and in a mucus medium – 11 hours compared with less than 2 for the flu.


Both SARS-CoV-2 and the flu were shown to be completely inactivated within 15 seconds by ethanol treatment on the skin and the mucus medium – demonstrating the importance of proper handwashing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Assurance Testing of Asymptomatic Workers Can Verify Your COVID-19 Protections 

Join the TAG-CIC Webinar Wednesday, Oct. 28, at noon ET


With COVID-19 cases increasing across the US, the risk of asymptomatic employees bringing active infections into a facility increases as well.  While symptom monitoring and other prevention programs can help reduce the risk of in-facility transmission, how do you know if your programs are working? 


Assurance testing (regular testing of asymptomatic employees for COVID-19) is an added layer of protection that can help verify that your current risk-mitigation programs are working, and there aren't "silent outbreaks" happening in your facility. Assurance testing for your employees can be thought of as similar to a well-designed Environmental Monitoring Program in a food-processing facility, allowing you to verify the efficacy of your preventive controls.


On October 18, The Acheson Group (TAG) and CIC-Health will host a joint webinar to discuss the role of assurance testing in your COVID-19 protections



  • What kinds of tests are available and how accessible are they?

  • When is it appropriate to conduct assurance testing?

  • How many employees would I need to test and how often to reduce the risk of in-facility transmission?

  • What logistics are involved in setting up an assurance testing program?

  • What can I learn from positive results and how can I quickly respond to reduce risk?

Join The Acheson Group (TAG) & CIC-Health Webinar

Wednesday, October 28

12:00 noon ET

Outbreak Updates

As of October 21, 2020 (15:07 ET), there are over > 41,033,000 cases (>1,127,000 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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