FAQ about returning to work after Covid-19

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Below is a list of frequently asked questions which can be found on the national institute for communicable diseases website. These questions and answers may differ from organization to organization, however, we feel it is important to be equipped with the right information when returning to work.

Q: My manager has asked me to re-test before I can return to work even though I have been in self-isolation for 14 days.

A: Any person is considered safe to return to the workplace and discontinue self-isolation if they are no longer infectious. This means they developed their first symptoms more than 14 days prior and have not experienced any symptoms for at least 3 days (72 hours).

Q: Shouldn’t I be tested negative first before returning to work?

A: People who have been self-quarantining, because they had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and have completed their 14-day quarantine period without developing symptoms, can return to work on day 15. There is no requirement to be tested before returning to work. It is, however, recommended they continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene as a precaution and wear a surgical mask.

Q: Is it a FACT that after 14 days you can’t transfer the Virus anymore?

A: The most infectious period is thought to be 1 to 3 days before symptoms start, and in the first 7 days after symptoms begin. But some people may remain infectious for longer and this is because typically with viruses, the higher the viral load (the more virus circulating in the body), the higher the risk of transmission through known transmission pathways. So the more severe the illness and the higher the viral load, the longer you continue to shed the virus and are infectious.

If someone with mild disease has been symptom-free for 3 days and they developed their first symptoms more than 14 days prior, they are no longer considered to be infectious.

Q:What if I am still showing symptoms after two weeks? Am I not putting co-workers at risk?

A: It is common for patients to continue to have symptoms for longer than the above periods (14 days). Full recovery may take several weeks. Patients who are still symptomatic at the end of their isolation period can be de-isolated provided that their fever has resolved (without the use of antipyretics) and their symptoms have improved. If symptoms are persisting, the worker should seek a medical assessment from their practitioner.

Sources: National Institute for Communicable Diseases

Some general Do’s and Don’ts guidelines for when you do return to work

  • Wash your hands frequently and sanitize thereafter
  • Avoid touching your face if your hands are unwashed
  • Follow your company’s policies and procedures
  • Clean and disinfect your working area frequently. Things you touch regularly must be cleaned vigorously every day
  • If you’re feeling sick, stay home for everyone’s safety
  • Inform your employer if someone in your household is sick and monitor your health
  • Avoid using your co-worker’s telephones, computers and other office equipment
  • Don’t ignore your mental health
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance from your employer or manager
  • Don’t avoid seeking medical help to help you cope. If you are overwhelmed or highly anxious get in touch with someone that can help.

Some general Do’s and Don’ts guidelines for when you do return to work

With more and more people returning to work every day, we might feel worried about our health and the health of our families. Hopefully, you can harness some of the tips in this article and apply them to your daily lives. However, if the stress and anxiety of returning to work become too much to bear, we suggest taking action and get the help you need.

At Zwavelstream our friendly team offers you world-class treatments in a natural and de-stigmatized setting. Our clinic was built to give patients the care they need by utilizing holistic approaches to help patients restore their mental health and provide them with the best care possible. If you or someone that you know and love is struggling to cope and adapt to the changes of returning to work, get in touch with our team today.

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