Workplace

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with input fro the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has developed updated guidance and a video for employers should consider and communicate their objectives, which may include reducing transmission among staff, protecting people who are at increased risk of influenza related complications from getting infected with influenza, maintaining business operations, and minimizing adverse affects on other entities in their supply chains.

The CDC estimates that as much as 40% of the workplace, in a worst-case scenario, might be unable to work at the peak of the pandemic due to the need for many health adults to stay home and care for an ill family member, and advising that individuals should have steps in place should a workplace close down or a situation arise that requires working from home. The CDC further advises that persons in the workplace should stay home sick for seven days after getting the flu, or 24 hours after symptoms end, whichever is longer. In the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has also issued general guidance for employers.


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