Coronavirus: What U.S. employers and employees should know - Willis Towers Watson
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They should call their health care providers before scheduling a visit to be sure that they are treated with precautions such as masks to avoid spreading disease within the medical setting. Those who have traveled to china or east Asia and exhibit symptoms (fever, cough) at the workplace should immediately be sent home with instructions to seek medical attention. Employees based in china or east Asia should pay special attention to potential news of the spread of this virus.
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Cases have also been reported from Beijing and Shanghai, as well as Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea and as of January 21, 2020, a case in the United States. Although there are reports of antibiotic stockpiling, there is no antibiotic or antiviral agent shown to be effective against this disease. There is also no immunization available. CDC taking preparedness precautions While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers coronavirus a serious public health concern, the agency considers the immediate risk to the American public low at this time. Nevertheless, CDC is taking proactive preparedness precautions. Screening for fever of those who fly from china has already begun at San Francisco International, Los Angeles International and John F. Kennedy International, while Chicago O’Hare and Atlanta International are soon adding it. The CDC, working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will funnel all travelers from Wuhan, China to the five airports conducting entry health screening, effectively covering all travelers arriving in the United States whose travel originated from Wuhan, China. on January 23, 2020, CDC again updated its interim travel health notice for people traveling to Wuhan City who get sick. The travel notice was raised from Level 1, “Practice Usual Precautions,” to a Level 2, “Practice Enhanced Precautions,” advising travelers that preliminary information suggests that older adults and those with underlying health conditions are at increased risk for severe disease. The CDC has also deployed a team to support the ongoing investigation in the state of Washington in response to the first reported case of 2019-nCoV in the United States, including tracing close contacts to determine if anyone else has become ill. The agency developed a real time test that can diagnose 2019-nCoV. Currently, testing for this virus must take place at CDC, but in the coming days and weeks, CDC will share these tests with domestic and international partners. guidance for traveling employees while the threat of coronavirus remains small at the moment, employees should be aware of the following precautions to protect themselves from respiratory infections: void contact with those with respiratory symptoms to the extent possible. Business travelers should also not visit live or dead animal markets. Traveling employees should seek medical attention if they have respiratory symptoms and fever – especially if they are traveling to China or East Asia. They should call their health care providers before scheduling a visit to be sure that they are treated with precautions such as masks to avoid spreading disease within the medical setting. Those who have traveled to china or east Asia and exhibit symptoms (fever, cough) at the workplace should immediately be sent home with instructions to seek medical attention. (Employers should contact their local health departments or the CDC for further instructions.) all employees should practice careful handwashing and cough or sneeze into their elbows. Consider avoiding shaking hands too. U.S. based employees are far more likely to have influenza than coronavirus, but the same precautions are reasonable. Employees based in china or east Asia should pay special attention to potential news of the spread of this virus. They should avoid potential exposures, where possible, and get prompt medical attention if they have respiratory symptoms and fever. Early identification and treatment can lead to better clinical outcomes and can reduce the transmission of the virus. Employers can also give their expatriate or global employees access to experts in infectious disease via telemedicine. Guidance for those who become ill Employees should be reminded that if they feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, they should: healthcare providers Additional considerations for healthcare providers: Healthcare providers should obtain a detailed travel history for patients with fever and respiratory symptoms. This free text article has been written automatically with the Text Generator Software https://www.artikelschreiber.com/en/ - Try it for yourself!