When the world first heard about a new virus originating from the Wuhan, Hubei Province of China, it watched with hopes that it would not impact them to the extent that it was affecting Chinese citizens. It was only a matter of time until other countries were reporting cases of COVID-19. Now, as we face a global pandemic that has impacted over 165 countries, many are wondering what will bring the spread of this virus to an end. As countries battle COVID-19 and the death toll rises, people are being asked to help flatten the curve. What does this mean?
Italy, currently the hardest-hit country in the world, has been battling the virus as best as they can with a lack of resources available to treat those who have become infected and critically ill. Doctors have had to make the gut-wrenching decision of who to treat and who not to, due to a lack of respirators. Health care professionals have been travelling to Italy to help where they can, but the surge of cases across the globe causes many to wonder if they will be required to make the same decisions Italy has had to. To prevent this from occurring, a call to flatten the curve has become the new norm, globally.
Flattening the curve refers to delaying the number of cases of COVID-19 so as not to cause hospitals to be inundated with cases within a short period of time. While the coronavirus may infect many Canadians, the hope is to slow the spread of the virus, allowing hospitals and health care professionals to be able to treat as many people as possible.
#StayHome and #SocialDistancing are trending on all social accounts as governments are pleading for people to stay home and practice self-isolation. This past week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Canadians to stay home and leave their houses for only the essentials. In a drastic move on March 23, Ontario closed all non-essential businesses. Other countries have also implemented these measures. Aid packages have been released to help people cope with the economic impact that COVID-19 has and will continue to have on individuals worldwide. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised $82-billion in aid, “$27-billion in emergency aid for workers and businesses and $55-billion in tax deferrals.” Despite this, countries are urging people to put their health first and stay home if possible.
What SureHire is Doing?
At SureHire, we are doing all we can to help flatten the curve, as the window to do so closes a bit more every day. As a company that works with employers to determine if their team members are fit to work, screening individuals for symptoms of COVID-19 has become a part of our daily procedures. SureHire is currently completing the following:
- Before an individual has booked their appointment with us, we send a text message with specific questions that must be answered. If the individual is able to pass this form of digital screening, they are authorized to attend the facility for testing.
- Once an individual enters the clinic, our team checks the person’s forehead temperature to determine if they have a fever. If cleared, they can continue with testing.
- To better serve companies who are unable to send employees to our testing facility, we travel to specific job sites where we are able to test workers as they arrive onsite. We then screen them for fevers, ask additional questions, and determine if they are fit to work.
Businesses and employers are working diligently to keep their worksites open, but are also implementing testing to better care for the health and safety of their staff. SureHire is also implementing measures to ensure that our staff remains safe and healthy during this time.
If you have any questions about testing your team during the COVID-19 pandemic, or would like to chat with our team about our various forms of testing, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We are committed to assisting your business during this challenging time.