The same precautions taken to avoid COVID-19 will also help guard against colds and the flu.
As health authorities brace for a cold and flu season that will coincide with COVID-19, experts are encouraging the public to continue practicing good hand hygiene, physical distancing, and mask wearing to not only prevent COVID-19 but also colds and influenza.
“Cold and flu, COVID-19 — they’re all respiratory viruses. There are nuances between them, but basically they are all transmitted in the same way,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, told Healthline.
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Though 2020 has been filled to the brim with challenges, we’re starting to see a wave of optimism as we inch closer to the new year: With pharmaceutical companies and vaccine candidates Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna nearing federal clearance (AstraZeneca, also promising, is still in Phase 3 trials), there’s a sliver of hope for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With that optimism, though, many more challenges remain ahead. The 21 million health care workers and 3 million living in elderly care homes will be first in line to receive the vaccine, no doubt, but who comes after? Will certain employers require a vaccination? What about schools, airlines, or even concert venues? And what happens if you aren’t sure about getting the vaccine when it is your time in line?
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Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration endorsed the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Moderna as safe and efficacious after the first doses of a competing vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech were delivered across the United States.
The FDA reviewers said that the two-dose vaccine “was highly effective” in preventing symptomatic Covid-19 from occurring “at least 14 days after the receipt of the second dose.”
A new survey from the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition finds that providers have seen good results from using telehealth during the coronavirus, and more than half say connected health has improved their work satisfaction.
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If you plan to shop for health insurance for coverage starting Jan. 1,2021, start early and set aside a full day to learn about your options.
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The cold weather itself does not cause the respiratory disease, COVID-19, but
there are factors due to the weather that increase the odds of contracting the
The virus can survive longer in the cold, dry air with lower humidity. These are
the conditions that most geographical areas experience in the winter months.
People tend to stay indoors more often in the colder weather and are in closer
proximity to one another.
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Five Best Practices for Employee Wellness Programs
Kristine Holbrook, M.Ed., H.P.D., VP of Employer Health and Wellness Services at MediFit Corporate Services compiled employee wellness program best practices from top companies across multiple industries. Implementing these best practices can help to build a workplace culture that supports employee well-being.
Leadership – Senior and mid-level managers are highly influential and can set the tone for a healthy work environment.
Communication – branding wellness communications makes the messaging stand out and is more likely to connect with the employees.
Integration – making resources easily accessible gives employees a better end-user experience.
Influencers – making wellness goals easily attainable ensures good habits can be formed.
Data collection/evaluation – when employers have a better idea of what their employees want and need, wellness programs that match the demand can be created.
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What does it take to create a wellness program that actually works? Here’s what Think Advisor is reporting.
Wellness programs are not new to the employee benefits landscape. They’ve been around for a while, and employees know what they’re about. But, how do you get employees excited and willing to participate in them? Here are some best practices:
Include mental health
In the COVID landscape, employees are more more likely to be suffering from anxiety and depression. Finding meaningful tools to manage both can be invaluable.
Chronic Care Support
Offer support for complex conditions that integrates with overall health and other conditions. Too often one condition is siloed, but more and more participants are managing two or more conditions at the same time.
Offering targeted employees the specific support they need will go farther than finding a one-size-fits-all solution for the whole company.
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As reported by Human Resources Executive, COVID-19 has caused many delays in regularly scheduled preventative care screenings.
From colorectal screenings to mental health screenings, the ramifications of missed screenings can have a long-term impact on the cost of healthcare and loss in productivity.
Rather than early-detection, these delayed screenings can end up in later detection and more costly and complicated treatment plans.
Reminders should be going out to employees reminding them what’s at stake when routine screenings are missed.
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In a recent article by Insurance News Net, some new trends for group benefits were outlined. Here are a few notable trends to watch for.
There will be a bigger reliance on technology when the employer is working with the broker to choose benefits. With in-person meetings being shunned, virtual meetings, and relying on platforms to ease decision-making will be the norm.
Online enrollment for employees will be more fully embraced, as well. Paper forms and in-person meetings will become rarer and rarer.
Renewal strategies will also turn to online solutions, easing the way for distanced decision making.
If you have not yet embraced online technology for any of these decision points, contact PEG today to learn how we can help.
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