How can employers prevent worksite closures by offering COVID-19 testing?
June 9, 2020 By PreScouter, Inc.
New report details the different options available for businesses interested in COVID-19 employee testing and provides recommendations
Chicago, IL: PreScouter, a Chicago-based research intelligence firm, has released a new report that details all of the currently available COVID-19 workplace testing options, detailing the logistics and investment required for each option. As PreScouter’s experts have previously projected, the pandemic won’t be ending before 2022 and the WHO expects it might even take four or five years to fully control the virus globally, it will be critical for organizations to implement some form of diagnostic testing. Even with PPE, social distancing and other preventative measures in place, asymptomatic cases can continue to spread the virus at work sites. PreScouter sees this report as a significant starting point for organizations seeking to implement regular, preventative workplace testing.
Dr. Maikel Boot, PreScouter Infectious Disease Expert and co-author acknowledges that the pandemic won’t be ending anytime soon. Hence, it is essential for companies to prepare for surges in infections in their communities and workspace by providing diagnostic testing to their employees at regular intervals, scaling with the resurgence of COVID-19 cases. “Implementing regular COVID-19 testing will allow the prevention of uncontrolled spread of infection by detecting cases early on. This way, work sites can remain open, and companies will have little to no financial or brand damage,” adds Dr. Boot.
The report outlines the importance of workplace testing, the current challenges still being faced for mass testing, the available options for implementing workplace testing in the US, and the new innovations emerging in the space. The report also highlights what companies need to start doing today if they want to stay ahead of the curve and includes a number of expert recommendations applicable to any type of business.
Co-author and Research Analyst, Genevieve Engleman, confers that finding the right testing solution is not an easy task. “Of 222 identified potential tests, we profiled over 55 test kits in detail to compare sensitivity, specificity, time to result, cost, geographical restrictions and estimated supply. We also interviewed a number of test company executives for exclusive details on corporate smart testing strategies for employees in terms of capacity, procedures and potential bulk cost savings,” explains Engleman.
Depending on the size of a company, expertise of employees and criticality of each work site, some options may be more feasible and cost effective than others. PreScouter is already helping clients determine and implement the most effective approach for their business needs and is prepared to guide businesses in their development of tailored, smart testing strategies both domestically and internationally.
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