Coronavirus Briefing: Hear the Latest From Leading Experts
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Our important briefing on the Coronavirus is now available on-demand. This briefing is intended to help companies reduce risk for their employees and themselves as COVID-19 continues to evolve. The briefing, which is now available below, featured an active discussion between Grand Rounds’ medical director, Dr. Tista Ghosh, and infectious disease specialist, Dr. Wendy Bamberg, with Dr. Ami Parekh, Grand Rounds’ chief medical officer, moderating.
During the briefing, Dr. Ghosh and Dr. Bamberg cited the latest fact-based findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) as they answered frequently asked questions, ranging from basic explanations of what COVID-19 is to measures companies and individuals can take to help prevent the spread of the disease.
Here are just a few key excerpts from our in-depth Coronavirus briefing:
How does the Coronavirus spread?
“The virus is really thought to spread mainly from person to person. This can happen between people who are in close contact with another, such as within three to six feet, or it can spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouth or noses of people who are nearby and possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
“Touching each other such as shaking hands, might also spread the virus if a person then touches their mouth, nose or eyes without washing their hands first. We also think that touching an object or surface with the virus on it might be a way that a person can become infected, but it is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”
Should people wear masks as a way to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?
“Currently, it’s not recommended that healthy people wear a mask to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. But they can be considered if you’re caring for somebody who is ill with COVID-19.
“Wearing either [a surgical or respiratory] mask when it isn’t indicated can … cause more problems. So, the outside of the mask can become contaminated, and touching the mask can inadvertently lead to contaminated hands. It’s not always meant to be worn for long periods of time both because the outside can become contaminated and discomfort increases. And when your discomfort increases, then you have a tendency to touch that mask. It can also lead to a false sense of protection when really you need to be washing your hands and not touching your face.”
What should an employer do if an employee comes to work sick?
“CDC recommends that employees who appear to have respiratory illness symptoms—and that includes things like cough and shortness of breath while at work—should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately.”
If an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, what special precautions should an employer take?
“First of all, let other employees know that there has been a case without disclosing names or confidential personal health information. Immediately contact state or local health authorities for the latest guidance on testing close contacts, quarantine and further environmental cleaning.”
What Grand Round services should we direct our employees to use: treatment decision support or expert medical opinion?
“Grand Rounds can provide great service right now as the healthcare systems around the country are experiencing massive overload. Patients are flooding the system, and they’re having a hard time handling the load.
“What Grand Rounds can really do is virtually support a lot of your employees, so provide treatment decision support. Do they need to actually go in to a doctor, or do they need to go to an ER? Do they need to just stay home and spare the healthcare system a drain on resources? We have over a hundred clinicians, and we can provide specific advice to help patients and members make the most important decisions … related to COVID-19.”
What about Coronavirus testing and treatment, travel and sick leave policies, and having an employee communication plan as well as a pandemic response plan?
Check out the on-demand replay of our Coronavirus briefing to learn what our experts had to say on these and other topics, and get the latest recommendations on how to best prepare for and mobilize against COVID-19.
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