Many companies thought they had had their return-to-work plans pretty well mapped out: mandate masks, space out the desks, put up some plexiglass, and regularly wipe everything down.
Then, this happened: "We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of transmission of COVID-19." Two weeks ago the World Health Organization’s lead technical expert on COVID-19 told reporters that tiny airborne droplets of the virus might contribute to its spread.
The W-H-O called for more scientific study into airborne transmission.
And employers called their healthcare consultants to figure out how they were going to keep staff safe in offices, stores, and job sites.
Consultants told Reuters their clients are now re-assessing if they have gone far enough with policies on mask-wearing, sealing off conference rooms and upgrading ventilation systems. Retailers who installed plexiglass barriers in their stores are wondering what else they can do if small viral droplets can linger in the air for hours.
Those with large offices now wonder how staff can safely share an elevator or attend an in-person meeting.
Consultants said they are advising employers to go beyond their existing plans.
Some firms are delaying their returns to work, or reducing office staff to a mere 10 percent of pre-pandemic levels.
Coronavirus outbreak has severely impacted small-scale businesses across the country. As 'Ganesh Chaturthi' approaches, sculptors in Bhopal are staring at losses due to low demand due to COVID-19. A sculptor said, "We have mortgaged money markets, relatives and jewelry. Where will we bring the money we have spent. If these idols are not sold, we will commit suicide."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a video conference with Chief Ministers of ten states to discuss the Covid situation. PM Modi said that everyone is working as a team to beat the Covid pandemic. PM Modi added that the rate of testing has increased drastically and now stands at about 7 lakh. He added that the fatality rate has also come down in a major way and said that the aim now should be to bring the fatality rate to below 1%. PM Modi also asked states to adhere to the 72 hour formula, where if anyone is diagnosed, then all his contacts should be traced and isolated within 72 hours. This he said would help in a major way in curbing the pandemic. So, it is important that all the people who come in contact with an infected person must be tested within 72 hours:The Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and West Bengal. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Sputnik reported that the first COVID-19 vaccine in the world has been registered by Russia on August 11. One of the President's daughters has been given a shot of the COVID-19 vaccination. Mass production of the medication will start in the near future. The World Health Organisation had declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus a pandemic on March 11. So far, the total number of 20,092,855 people have tested positive of coronavirus and 736,254 deaths have been reported across globe. Russia's Healthcare Minister.
From former Indian President getting infected to Karnataka Chief Minister recovering from Covid-19, here are the top updates on coronavirus pandemic. Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. Mukherjee requested people who came in contact with him to self-isolate. World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there is a need to “suppress, suppress, suppress” the virus. Tedros said there is still hope of conquering Covid-19. Over 90% Covid-19 patients in Delhi have recovered, according to the latest statistics. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the people of Delhi are slowly and steadily defeating corona. Also, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa was on Monday discharged from hospital after he recovered from Covid-19. Meanwhile, Paris made it mandatory for tourists to wear a mask in outdoor spaces. WHO chief praised Paris’ move and called it “strong and precise”. Watch the full video for more details.
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World Health Organisation's Dr Michael Ryan explains how Covid-19 is notshowing signs of seasonal patterns, and that lifting restrictions is what willcause it to "bounce back". He warns Europe to keep the pressure on the virusin order to avoid this bounce back.
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