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A Scientific Approach to Workplace Reopening

A Scientific Approach to Workplace Reopening

March 20, 2020
Post by
Georgia McMillan

Our holistic re-opening program, Care360, is based on the four guidelines outlined by the CDC for the safe reopening of businesses. CMS, WHO and NIH also categorize their recommendations in these four categories

1. Training

2. Screening

3. Testing

4. Contact tracing

Daily health checks are the easiest and most effective way of screening employees for symptoms that might indicate an individual has COVID-19. A mobile friendly, intuitive self-assessment in the Care360 app allows employees to quickly and accurately input any COVID-19 related symptoms they may have as a daily, preliminary health screen.

If symptoms of COVID-19 should arise, guidelines recommend, affected employees should be monitored by a case manager as a case investigation is carried out. This step is often impractical for businesses to implement due to a shortage of trained personnel. The Care360 app handles all case investigation and case management through a set of features specially designed to communicate with employees in different categories like those under-monitoring, directly exposed, symptomatic and test results pending.

Employer-sponsored at-home-testing is a great option to make sure employees get tested quickly and safely and is often the first step in managing a potential COVID-19 case. The Care360 app can be used by Care360 Program Managers to send these tests directly to an employee’s home. Following up with referrals to support services, doctors (if necessary) and daily health checks is key to ensure employees recover as comfortably and safely as possible.

If a case is confirmed, the CDC recommends contact tracing to help diminish the spread of the virus. To successfully contact trace, determining who the infected person was in ‘close contact’ with is key. However, as far as infectious diseases are concerned, ‘close contact’ has a very specific meaning. It does not mean simply every one that was in the same room or building as an infected person. Rather, the CDC defines ‘close contact’ as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.”  That is why the CareBadges capture employee proximity and log in the app when two people are within six ft. of each other for more than 15 minutes. This design is entirely based on CDC recommendations and is backed by epidemiological science, making it the most effective and efficient way to contain the spread of an infectious disease such as COVID19.

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