Business summit panelists stress practicality to slow flu spread

first_img “There are detectable levels at the tail end of infection,” he said, “but it is not very transmissible.” Another CDC policy that was deemed reasonable by the panel was the recommendation to allow people to remain at work when they have sick family members. The important thing, according to CIDRAP Medical Director Kristine Moore, MD, MPH, is to continually balance limiting transmission and being reasonable about letting work continue. The 2-day conference, “Keeping the World Working during the H1N1 Pandemic: Protecting Employee Health, Critical Operations, and Customer Relations,” is sponsored by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota and wraps up today. In terms of providing a good health check to monitor their employees’ health, Druckman emphasized that no perfect solution exits. Rather, he stressed the importance of establishing a proportional plan or one that is targeted to a very specific situation. “This goes way beyond any support from the evidence,” he said. Sept 23, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – To mask or not to mask, hand washing versus hand sanitizers, how long to stay away from the workplace if sick with novel H1N1 influenza, tips for travel—these were some of the issues addressed in a panel discussion yesterday during a business preparedness summit in Minneapolis. A more controversial prevention tool is wearing masks or respirators. “A religious war goes on between face mask people and respiratory people,” said Merlin, “and it will go on for awhile.” Merlin, deputy director of the CDC’s Influenza Coordination Unit, said that, although the virus can be shed at low levels for 7 to 10 days after onset of symptoms, transmission is much more likely when viral shedding is high, within the first day or so after symptom onset. Despite the controversy in the United States about masks, Druckman pointed out the need to recognize culture differences and cited the prevalence of masks worn by people in Asian countries, as well as in Mexico during the spring wave of the H1N1 outbreak. In providing employers answers to vexing questions about preventing transmission of the H1N1 virus in the workplace, the panel emphasized scientifically grounded yet practical responses. According to Merlin, loose-fitting surgical masks provide a barrier over the nose and mouth and prevent a person from touching the nose and mouth and transferring the virus that way, but they do not reliably filter out small particles. As such, they are not considered needed in the general population. The only recommendation by the CDC is the use of a face-fitted N-95 respirator for healthcare workers who work with patients who have influenza and may transmit the virus, he said. Companies, he said, need to provide tools to their employees for handling a number of issues that may arise. Challenges not only include the actual health risks in other parts of the world, but the possibility that employees who travel may be stranded or quarantined in another country. Another issue is how to handle people who are re-entering the workplace after returning from traveling to a potential outbreak region.center_img Depending on circumstances, he said, answering a health questionnaire may be enough to satisfy safety concerns, whereas in a more severe situation, temperature screening may be necessary. Merlin agreed. “Perception clearly drives a lot of decision making,” he said. Underlying all of this is the need for the company to be perceived as doing something to safeguard its employees. “It is a bit like security in an office building,” he said. It is important that global companies have a consistent message for all of their employees who travel, he emphasized. Merlin summed up simple behaviors that, taken together, can provide a strong chance for prevention. “None of the interventions are perfect. But a reasonable policy of sick people staying at home, reasonable advice on hand and cough hygiene, a vaccination policy, and good education, you end up with a combination quite powerful.” Addressing whether guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that people sick with the H1N1 flu should stay out of the workplace until 24 hours after their fever has passed without medication use still holds true in light of recent reports that people can shed the virus up to 10 days, the CDC’s Toby Merlin, MD, said it does. For people at high risk of developing complications from infection of the virus, such as pregnant women, educating them about the importance of symptom recognition and quick action with a consultation with a physician and antiviral therapy is particularly critical. “The most important thing is educating people and helping people understand what the symptoms are and how it is transmitted, so as soon as they develop symptoms, it is their responsibility to take themselves out of the workplace,” said Moore. “There is a slippery slope problem when it comes to masks,” said Merlin, adding that the recommendation by the CDC for the use of a respirator in a particular circumstance has led some people to think that respirators are needed for other situations as well, say for a bus driver who comes in contact with the public. Nuts and bolts of preventionAmong the simple steps people can take to prevent transmission are washing hands or using hand sanitizers, according to the panel. Moore emphasized that both are good options, but with the caveat that hand washing requires at least 20 seconds of washing and not a simple water splash and that hand sanitizers work best on hands that are not physically dirty. Tips for travelFor Myles Druckman, MD, vice president of medical services for the Americas region with International SOS Assistance, the initial outbreak of novel H1N1 in Mexico in April brought to the forefront travel health and issues involved in managing a global workforce.last_img read more

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson smells what Bucks are cooking with WWE pregame routine

first_img“We’re going to run out of material soon,” Matthews said in late November (via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). “It’s something we’ve done for a while now. … It’s just kind of goofing around but we’re really starting to embrace it, have fun with it, the team’s starting to get in on it a little bit more and now we’ve got to keep it fresh.”Well, considering this team is in Milwaukee, might I suggest a “Stone Cold Stunner” followed by a few beers? If you haven’t been following along with the Bucks on social media this season, you’re missing out on the most purely fun pregame routine in the NBA.Milwaukee’s players typically hold their own WWE match in the tunnel before taking the court with reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez leading the shenanigans. Matthews has drilled Lopez with a chair. Antetokounmpo delivered a Shawn Michaels-style kick to Lopez’s face. A bunch of Bucks stomped on Lopez while he was down. Basically Lopez takes a lot of punishment from someone before tipoff..@Bucks went full WWE before the game 😂— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 19, 2019RoLo’s Revenge!?!@WWE | #FearTheDeer— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 21, 2019DOUBLE-CROSSED BY HIS BROTHER!!@wwe | @Giannis_An34 | @Thanasis_ante43 | @rolopez42 | @WessyWes23— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 17, 2019MORE: Giannis in awe of LeBron’s “alien” aging processBefore Thursday night’s game against the Lakers, Antetokounmpo and Matthews joined forces as a tag team to once again leave Lopez on the floor. Antetokounmpo dropped Lopez with his “Cobra” move, and Matthews followed with his version of “The People’s Elbow,” one of the signature finishers of former WWE star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.HE HIT HIM WITH THE PEOPLE’S ELBOW!!@TheRock | @Giannis_An34 | @WessyWes23 | @rolopez42 #FearTheDeer— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 20, 2019The video made its way to “The People’s Champ” himself, and Johnson gave the Bucks his stamp of approval.I smell it. Heart stoppin’, elbow droppin’ 🦾 @Bucks— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 20, 2019Love seeing these guys have fun!#1 in the conference.Confident, happy and hungry. #PeoplesChampApproved 👊🏾🦾— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 20, 2019Now that the Bucks have been noticed by the most electrifying man in sports entertainment, where do they go from here? A Royal Rumble with all players and coaches eligible? A Money in the Bank match with a briefcase sitting on top of the backboard?last_img read more