Best Public Health Interventions for Business Owners to Keep Omicron Spread at Bay

by | Feb 25, 2022 | businesses

The coronavirus is arguably the biggest burden the modern workforce has faced in quite some time.

Employers are struggling to manage sick leave, vaccine mandates, PCR testing, and a shortage of workers.

In the meantime, they are also tasked with ensuring that their employees stay healthy and do not succumb to the virus.

Fortunately, Omicron cases are down… for now.

And that’s how we want to keep things.

That being said, we’ve listed out some of the best public health interventions for business owners to keep the Omicron spread at bay.

1. Providing quality masks for your employees

Because most infectious people have mild or no symptoms, masking in the workplace needs to be universal in order to be effective. 

Fortunately, masks are one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your workplace safe–as long as they’re good quality masks. 

A good quality mask, like the ones we sell at Quality Face Wear, will consist of two or more layers, a nose bridge, and adjustable ear loops. 

The more comfortable your mask is, the more likely you’ll be to keep it on your face. That’s why our masks are tailored to your comfort. Manufactured with a soft poly cotton blend and adjustable ear loops, they’re not only breathable, but will fit snugly to your face without pulling your hair or irritating your ears. 

Nose bridges are essential as well for helping the mask conform to your face and decrease the risk of viral particles flowing in and out. Masks with nose bridges are especially preferred for glasses-wearers, because they prevent the lenses from fogging up.

2. Offering paid sick leave 

Paid sick leave is a standard benefit for most salaried positions, but it’s a luxury that not many employees have. As we’ve all learned during the Great Resignation, this is something that employees highly value and expect when looking for jobs these days.

Failure to provide paid sick leave will increase the chances that your employees will come to work sick and infect the rest of your staff. This, in turn, affects the entire community by putting everyone else that your employees come into contact with at risk as well.

3. Immunity testing

Immunity testing is a new and innovative way to keep the workplace safe. It’s a much easier, logical, and more equitable option to vaccine mandates that works by accounting for natural immunity in addition to vaccinated immunity.

All a vaccine passport will do is give an indicator of the last vaccine or booster shot an employee has received, but it doesn’t indicate exactly how immune said person is. This can lead to breakthrough infections and asymptomatic transmission.

On the other hand, a PCR or rapid antigen test will give an indicator as to where an employee stands at the exact time they take the test. But neither PCR tests nor vaccines indicate how protected those employees will be 5 minutes or even 5 days later.

This is why immunity management is so helpful.

It offers insight into each individual employee’s protective levels of COVID-fighting antibodies. This allows you to analyze the collective protective status of your workforce’s health and feel confident that everyone is protected.

The Anzu Immunity Profile is an FDA/EUA approved neutralizing antibody test that gives individuals a unique look at their immune protection against the original strain of COVID-19 and its variants. It will also let them know if they’ve been exposed to the virus within the last 3-6 months.

This test works hand-in-hand with a user-friendly Anzu Immunity Management Portal where you can monitor everyone’s unique immunity levels and designate booster shots or vaccine mandates when their levels get too low.

This cutting-edge technology allows employers to create new policies that are more effective at keeping the workplace safe. Not to mention, it also helps employees feel better knowing what their numbers are as well as their coworkers’.

4. Implementing temperature screening kiosks 

Temperature screening kiosks are another great way to keep your workplace safe. By having employees scan their temperature before they enter your facility, you can quickly and easily identify those who may be sick and need to stay home.

SafeScreen temperature screening kiosks are contactless, accurate, and easy to use. They’re also equipped with facial recognition software, so you can be sure that the person scanning their temperature is authorized to enter your facility. This feature can even be integrated with your automatic doors as an added security measure and used to check for masks as well.

By following these public health interventions for business owners, you can rest assured that you’re doing everything you can to keep your workforce safe. Contact Quality Face Wear today to order your temperature screening kiosks or customizable cloth face masks.