January 04, 2021
In today’s Recommendations for Industry, we discuss the new COVID-19 variants and what their spread means to the U.S. Read more.
The FDA has published a new toolkit to communicate hand sanitizer safety & use during COVID-19 in both English and Spanish.
The FDA also has a new COVID-19 Communication Toolkits webpage that provides links to all FDA toolkits on COVID-19 topics to help everyone communicate accurate and timely information to patients, the public, and health care professionals.
Recommendations for Industry
Increased Spread of COVID-19 Variants Increase Criticality of Protections
The new COVID-19 variants, which have become prevalent in both the U.K. and South Africa, have garnered a great deal of attention. These variants are also spreading globally. As noted in the CDC’s New COVID-19 Variants publication of January 3, “Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time.” COVID-19 is no exception.
With the emergence of new COVID-19 variants, TAG has received numerous questions about them, and their impacts on the U.S. Following are some answers on what we know at this point.
The variants have become increasingly prevalent in Britain and South Africa. Both countries are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 variant cases.
While the variants are different in the two countries, they both seem to spread more easily and more quickly than other variants we’ve previously encountered.
However, at this time, there is no evidence that the variants cause more severe illness or increased risk of death.
The U.K. variant has now been detected in other countries, including both the United States and Canada.
While there are no conclusive studies on the cause of the increased spread, some well-designed studies show a higher viral load in the nose and throat of those infected – which could cause more particles to be emitted through talking, coughing, and even breathing. This highlights the importance of wearing a face covering or mask to cover both nose and mouth.
Although we’ve repeated this numerous times before, this increased viral spread emphasizes the importance for businesses to continue all COVID-19 precautions. Precautions must include wearing masks, enforcing six-foot distancing, encouraging handwashing, and implementing enhanced sanitation. Employees should be encouraged to continue these practices both inside and outside of work hours.
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