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What We Can Learn From India’s COVID-19 Crisis

As COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be rolled out across the United States with great speed and efficiency, it would be easy to think we are safe from the virus. However, as India’s devastating COVID-19 crisis has shown, it is not yet time to relax.

The novel coronavirus remains a global problem. Infection prevention is as important as ever today, and it is one of the most important lessons we can learn from the Indian crisis. Here is a closer look at what you can do and how we can help.

Assessing The Current Situation

After the challenges of 2020, the United States is now seeing a decrease in new cases of COVID-19 according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). At the same time, vaccinations are becoming more widely available across the country. Currently, just around 40% have been fully vaccinated and 49% of the total population in the United States received at least one doze.

Whilst this is encouraging news, it is imperative not to underestimate the severity of the situation. The increased availability of vaccines has meant that coronavirus-related restrictions have been eased. However, whilst vaccinations increase overall safety, the risk of infection is also growing to a degree.

There are several reasons for this: a larger number of social gatherings are one reason. New variants of the virus are another. Plus, even though big portion of the United States’ population have been vaccinated, still about half have not yet had an opportunity.

The most important reason, however, is that this pandemic is a global problem. We are not isolated from developments abroad, including the crisis in India. Therefore, it is important to understand the causes that led to India’s deadly second wave of COVID-19.

Learning From India

Surveillance is key: the coronavirus continues to mutate with new variants being found in different countries. Although travel remains limited, it is possible with certain restrictions. As a consequence, what starts as a local variant of COVID-19 can spread globally within days or weeks. As India has shown, an unexpected surge in cases of COVID-19 can devastate even a fairly well-developed medical sector.

Gatherings require caution: India’s case and death numbers surged after the government eased movement restrictions. In fact, the country’s second wave has been linked to the holidays causing people not to wear masks or keep their social distance.

Movement restrictions are easing around the world, and many people feel safe having received even one dose of their COVID-19 vaccination. However, it is important to remain cautious. Current evidence suggests that it is still possible to spread COVID-19 once vaccinated

Continuing to wear masks, keep a distance and avoid large gatherings in small spaces is still advisable.

Vaccines lower risk: similar to the pandemic being a global issue, concerns around vaccination also affect people beyond borders.

Another concern is the uptake of vaccines. Scientists believe that – besides sharing data and knowledge – vaccinating a majority of the population is the only way to control the pandemic. State authorities are working hard to secure a vaccine supply for a majority of citizens. As they become available, it is important to keep appointments and take precautions in the meantime.

How Businesses Can Be Safer

Dealing with the pandemic in the context of managing or running a business can feel overwhelming. However, creating a safer workspace does not need to be expensive or time-consuming.

For many, working from home has become normal. But there are countless professions where this is not an option. For those who have to work closely together in small spaces, screening and testing are essential until most of a company’s workforce has been vaccinated.

Screening can be done in person or remotely, even by self-guided health check. The aim is to identify employees with COVID-19 symptoms before they enter their workplace and come in contact with many of their colleagues.

Remote Screening

The COVID-19 Screening Platform for Employees, for example, takes employees through a questionnaire that is compliant with CDC guidelines. Depending on their answers, the app advises users that they should stay home and seek medical help if they appear to display symptoms of the virus. Users see a simple check mark or a warning message. It offers a simple and efficient way to ensure people attending work are free of symptoms. Whilst not a guarantee, it increases the safety of users, their colleagues and their employers.

In-Person Screening

In-person screening and testing does not need to be disruptive to your business. TrueCare offers employers turnkey testing solutions and the medical professionals to conduct them. Antigen, antibody and PCR testing can all be done as employees arrive at their workplace or throughout the day. The tests can be customized depending on the user’s industry.

Vaccination Programs for Businesses

Vaccination is the most effective tool for employers wishing to increase health equity for their workforce. Adhering to FDA requirements, TrueCare is able to offer a one-stop solution for eligible businesses and institutions.

What To Do Right Now

Keeping employees safe and healthy is key to running a successful, profitable business. This includes adhering to rules regarding personal protective equipment, keeping a safe distance, comprehensive testing and vaccination as soon as possible.

About TrueCare

TrueCare is a nationwide Health & Wellness platform for families and businesses providing end-to-end solutions for COVID-19 testing, screening, vaccination, home care, and corporate well-being services.

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