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

EU recovery summit could end with no deal, says Merkel

first_imgGermany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that EU leaders may fail to reach an agreement on Sunday on a huge post-virus recovery plan for the shattered European economy.Arriving for the third and what she said was probably the “decisive” day of an extraordinary European summit, Merkel said the 27 leaders had “many positions” on the size of the fund, on rules for accessing it and on tying it to respect for the rule of law.”I still can’t say whether a solution will be found,” she said. “There is a lot of good will… but it may also be that no result will be achieved today.” Merkel was due to join French President Emmanuel Macron and the president of the European Council, summit host Charles Michel, to prepare a new offer to break the logjam after Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his “Frugal Five” allies blocked a deal.Michel had proposed a 750-billion-euro package of EU loans and grants to help member states recover from an historic coronavirus recession, but Austria sees the package as too big and the Netherlands wants member states to be able to veto national spending plans.The rest of the 27 EU leaders were due to meet again in the full summit format from noon (1000 GMT) and talks could yet go late into the night. Topics :last_img read more

Winners Connection, Milerock register Limacol football wins

first_imgTHE Linden teams in this year’s 2017 Limacol round robin knock-out football tournament, registered wins on Saturday evening when the penultimate matches in the first round concluded. In the first game at the GFC ground Bourda, Winners Connection offed Grove Hi-Tech 3-1 opening the scoring in as early as the 13th minute through Garey Thompson.Sedrick Hunte (32nd) and Rawle Gittens (69th) added goals for the Winners Connection side as they exhorted their dominance on the match.However, Grove’s Kevin Padmore would pull one back for his side in the 78th.In game two, Milerock started its title defence in style by bumping off Northern Rangers 2-1 thanks to Troy Lewis (10th) and Akeem Green (45th) though Northern Rangers Devon Johnson pulled one back in the 90th.Following the first round, Winners Connection lead Milerock in group A by a positive two goal difference as they both are on three points, while Northern Rangers sit third and Grove fourth.In Group B, Western Tigers and Eagles are tied for the lead after both teams scored wins in the first round and both having a positive one goal difference. Uitvlugt and New Amsterdam United are yet to score a point and have a negative one goal difference.Group C has Den Amstel as clear leaders having scored three points thus far, while both Santos and Anns Grove are tied for the second spot having secured a draw in their earlier game. Pouderoyen are yet to score a point and have a negative two goal difference.In Group D, the Guyana Police Force, Mahaica Determinators, Riddim Squad and Camptown are all tied on one point.Matches continue tonight at the GFC ground where Winners Connection play Northern Rangers from 18:30hrs while the Guyana Police Force oppose Camptown from 20:00hrs.last_img read more

Future Eagles Goalkeeper? Nigerian-Born Arsenal Youngster Impresses For England

first_imgNigerian-born Arsenal youngster Arthur Okonkwo produced an impressive performance to help the England U17 team to a 2-1 win over Russia in Burton on SaturdayThe highly-rated young goalkeeper was making his first appearance for Steve Cooper’s team having previously featured for England at both the U15 and U16 levels.Okonkwo, 16, was formerly an unused substitute in the team’s 3-2 win over Portugal on November 8 before his debut on Saturday.He is highly thought of at Arsenal and has trained with the club’s first team this season on two occasions at least.Relatedlast_img read more

Kemba’s 41, fast start help Hornets beat Pacers 133-126

first_imgCharlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) shoots as Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker scored 41 points on 11-for-22 shooting and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Indiana Pacers 133-126 with the help of a record-setting first quarter Friday night.Buoyed by 16 points from Nicolas Batum, the Hornets scored 49 points in the first, a franchise-best for a quarter. Charlotte connected on 7 of 11 from 3-point range and hit 19 of 23 from the field in that stretch. It marked the highest point total for an NBA team in any quarter this season.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedcenter_img Bucks’ Brogdon to be sidelined up to 8 weeks with injury Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Four other Hornets players scored in double-digits, led by Batum’s 31 points and Dwight Howard’s 12 points and 11 rebounds. Charlotte won its second game in a row.Victor Oladipo had 35 points for the Pacers, who halted a three-game winning streak. Myles Turner added 19 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCharlotte led 49-37 after the first, as the Pacers came within a point of matching the most first-quarter points by a Hornets opponent this season.The Pacers outscored the Hornets 34-25 in the third quarter, led by 13 points from Oladipo, to narrow Charlotte’s advantage to 96-91. Cory Joseph’s free throws cut Indiana’s deficit to 128-124 with 40 seconds left, but Charlotte hit five free throws after that to ice it. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View commentslast_img read more