Are You Ready To Go Back To Work?

June 13, 2021

In spite of being hit by COVID-19, most workers who are recovering resume full-time hourly work quickly. Organizations are suffering from the severe effects of the pandemic on their economies. However, an employee's return to full-time work without proper sanction and procedure can lead to many risks for the worker's health. Additionally, it could lead to the further spread of the virus if adequate testing and procedures are not followed. 

For this reason, the process you must follow before you can return to full-time hour work will be discussed briefly in this article.

Current status of the COVID-19 pandemic

Before going back to work, it's essential you know that the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over. Statistics have shown a recent trend of a slow down in the spreading rate of the disease worldwide. However, companies have started sending their workers back to full-time jobs. This effort by companies might have a counter effect, and it might become inevitable to witness a surge in the virus soon.

Around 179 million cases of COVID-19 were reported by June 21, 2021. However, only 8.4 percent of these cases recovered from the disease. Experts already predicted that the return of people to their normal activities will bring a surge soon. Besides, returning to a full-time job can severely affect the workers' health, especially for those just recovering.

Developing A Baseline Of Risk Before Returning To Work

Before returning to work, there are some medical information you must strictly adhere to and follow. Here are the symptom-based tactics health care personnel can use to decide when to return to work:

  • Moderately ill patients.

These patients are usually not severely immunocompromised. However, before you can return to work, you must at least pass ten days from your first symptom. Also, you must have gone a day since your last fever without the use of medication. Besides, coughing or shortness of breath symptoms must have significantly improved.

  • Asymptomatic patients. 

The CDC makes it clear that patients who are asymptomatic throughout their infection are not immunocompromised severely. However, you must wait at least ten days from your first viral diagnostic test before returning to work.

  • Critically ill patients.

Typically, critically ill patients can return to work if ten to twenty days have passed since the initial symptoms appeared. Besides, it must have been a day since your last fever without using medication to reduce fever. Your coughing/ shortness of breath must have significantly improved, and you consulted an expert that deals with infection control.

The Best Time To Return To Work

Organizations should adopt safer policies for sick employees to recover fully before resuming a physical job at the workplace. Therefore, those who are critically ill should be allowed to recover completely until they no longer produce the replication-competent virus. It's crucial to strictly follow all these medical tactics before resuming fully to work for your health and your co-workers' safety. 

After all the tactics have been strictly observed, you may also need a COVID test to double-check your status. A COVID test can be easily booked at a local urgent care center, or you can make use of a walk-in clinic. All these strategies will enable your smooth resumption to work without being a health threat to yourself or others.

The companies' full-time resumption back to work despite the COVID-19 pandemic not slowing down can affect the workers. The workers must follow the baseline of risk and medical information before resuming full-time back to work. Workers that follow the baseline are ready to go back to work.

Rapid COVID-19 Testing for Employees in Denver, CO 

AFC Urgent Care Denver also provides rapid COVID-19 testing for employees in Denver, CO if and when they return to the workplace full-time. Just book online at any of our clinics or walk-in to our urgent care locations to find the nearest rapid COVID-19 testing available. During your visit the test just takes a few minutes to complete and helps you make sure you're as safe as possible on your return to the office!


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