In this new COVID-19 era, there is no going back to “business as usual”. The Tyson Foods example warns of the risk of major human and economic loss to organizations everywhere, not just to plants, but also to offices, schools, churches, etc. Organizations must take every precaution to ensure that their communities are as safe as possible while preserving the highest levels of engagement and productivity. Your community’s health, your mission and your bottom line depend on it. Social distancing, touchless interactions, PPE and sanitizing will be a fact of life for the foreseeable future. However, these measures should be your SECOND line of defense to slow or stop the SPREAD of the COVID-19 infection within your workplace.
The FIRST line of defense should be at the front doors or gates to your facilities through which your members walk out returning to their homes and families, shopping at the grocery store, meeting friends, going to the gym, going about their personal lives as they should and must, but all the while potentially being exposed to COVID-19. When they file back through your front doors or gates, what steps can you take to try to keep COVID-19 from walking in with them? Health screenings, surveys and temperature checks may identify some symptomatic individuals but these tools are useless against asymptomatic carriers which can account for up to 25-50% of the COVID-positive population. In this case, health screenings and temperature checks are akin to trying to stop a battle tank with pebbles and a slingshot. Organizations need SOMETHING BETTER.
A comprehensive rapid COVID-19 testing and monitoring program can provide a much stronger defense against this disease infiltrating your organization. With an effective testing and monitoring program, you can gain much greater visibility into your community. Who might have the virus and should be diagnosed/quarantined? Who has recovered from the disease and may have immunity? Where are your most vulnerable locations, departments, or segments? You can start to answer these questions and more with the wealth of information provided by a COVID-19 testing program. You can also start to devise effective strategies and tactics to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on your members and your organization.
…Or you could continue to try to use stone-age weapons against modern firepower and simply hope for the best.