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

Subsea Cables Conference Comes to Aberdeen

first_imgSubsea UK is hosting the Subsea Cables Conference in Aberdeen next week, as the sector has seen years of significant growth and development.The event, which is the first of its kind to be held in the city, will see industry professionals from across the globe travel to the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Tuesday, March 27.Industry experts from the likes of 4C Offshore, Wood, Trelleborg Offshore, Helix Canyon Offshore, Osbit, Bender UK, Synaptec and the European Subsea Cables Association will be sharing knowledge and experience, as well as forecasting future market opportunities for the sector.The conference will explore the importance of accurate data in the planning, installation and operational stages, while vessel owners will share their views on technical requirements and drivers for efficiency in the industry.The conference comes at a time where growth in the sector is being propelled by the rapid evolution of the offshore wind industry.Offshore wind projects have brought both opportunity and technical challenges to the subsea cable community, as they increase in scale and are developed in extreme environments. Marine power projects also must contend with strong tidal currents and short operating windows for installation and intervention.Neil Gordon, chief executive at Subsea UK, said: “We are increasing our activity in offshore renewables to help the subsea supply chain understand and pursue opportunities in the sector. However, it’s vital that the industry understands the challenge of working together to improve efficiency, reduce costs and find smarter ways of working to increase the UK’s competitiveness in a growing global industry.“Aberdeen’s world-renowned experience in subsea engineering has been developed over decades and is continuing to provide the UK with skills and expertise that are of great value as an increasing number of companies look to broaden their capability in the renewables sector.”last_img read more

Charles Barkley on Kevin Durant’s injury: ‘They shouldn’t have put that man out there’

first_imgCharles Barkley was disappointed in the Warriors’ decision to let Kevin Durant play in their 106-105 Game 5 win in the NBA Finals.Golden State’s star forward went down with an Achilles injury in the second quarter of Monday night’s contest, and Barkley blames the team and media for pushing him toward a premature return from injury. Speaking on ESPN’s “Get Up” Tuesday, Barkley referenced several articles questioning Durant’s dedication to the Warriors, as some expect him to decline his player option this summer and test the free-agency waters. But ultimately it was Golden State’s decision to clear him. “I blame the Warriors for KD getting hurt and I don’t care what they say about it.”Charles Barkley brought the heat, saying the Warriors shouldn’t have played Kevin Durant in Game 5— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) June 11, 2019″I blame the Warriors for KD getting hurt and I don’t care what they say about it,” Barkley said. “They shouldn’t have put that man out there. You know how I know it? Because he blew out his Achilles.”Durant hadn’t played since Golden State’s Game 5 win over the Rockets in the second round of the playoffs, where he suffered a calf sprain. His Monday appearance marked his first in 32 days. Barkley responded to speculation that the Warriors star might have rushed himself to help his teammates, who were down 3-1 in the championship series. Related News Kawhi Leonard reacts to Kevin Durant’s Injury: ‘I feel bad for him’ Durant was productive during his time on the court, though. He scored 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting in just 12 minutes before exiting the game. His Tuesday MRI should reveal the severity of his injury.”I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand this world. If you have to, you can blame me,” Warrirors president of basketball operations Bob Myers told reporters.Game 6 of the NBA will tip off Thursday at 9 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena.center_img “I don’t think you can ever leave it up to a player,” Barkley said. “Players always want to play. But I think if you ask any rational player — Damon (Jones), Jalen Rose, Jay Williams — to put a guy who hadn’t played basketball in over a month into Game 5 of the Finals and have some type of move around the day before, I don’t think that’s fair to that man. And you saw the result.” Knicks trade rumors: Some within organization ‘uncomfortable’ with dealing major assets for Anthony Davislast_img read more

‘Deeply unfair’ that gorse fire-affected farms to lose out on payments

first_imgDonegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has slammed the delays in payments to hill farmers in Donegal following the summer gorse fires.The devastating fires in May 2017 in areas all across Donegal led to widespread tracts of land deemed to being burned.Senator Mac Lochlainn has today received confirmation from Department of Agriculture officials that some of the expected Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments will soon be released to the affected farmers. However, burned land deemed ineligible will result in significant financial losses to many local farmers. Senator Mac Lochlainn said this is deeply unfair: “Large tracts of hill land across Donegal will be deemed ineligible for BPS payments because they were burned in the gorse fires from May of this year. That means large numbers of struggling hill farmers will lose vital financial assistance through no fault of their own.“The Government and the Department of Agricuture have known about this issue for six months and had all of this time to put in place a compensation scheme for the affected farmers whose land may be ineligible under EU rules but they let this come to a head now at the time of year when farmers are anxiously waiting for their annual or staged payments.”Senator Mac Lochlainn, who is a member of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee, said he will be raising the issue at the next meeting.“I am demanding that the Minister and his senior officials immediately engage with the farmer representative organistations to reach a speedy and fair resolution,” Senator Mac Lochlainn said. ‘Deeply unfair’ that gorse fire-affected farms to lose out on payments was last modified: November 23rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Basic Payment SchemeDepartment of Agricuturegorse firesSenator Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more