We are now reaching a point in the fight against COVID-19 where businesses are reopening and employees are returning to the workplace. For businesses that can still operate remotely, it may be much longer before employees return, but we can all take steps to prepare for these changes now.
One important factor to consider is protecting employees who are at higher risk. Here at Welldoc, we support people living with chronic diseases, which are underlying medical conditions that are clearly tied to severe illness from COVID-19.
The CDC reports that people with chronic conditions in the U.S. are 6 times more likely to be hospitalized and 12 times more likely to die from COVID-19. Diabetes is one of the most common underlying health conditions accounting for 30% of cases.
As businesses reopen and return to work, please consider supporting and encouraging employees to continue remote work when possible. Be flexible. You can also delegate and offer responsibilities that minimize contact with others to help anyone who may be at higher risk.
No matter what, be sure to communicate clearly how employees should work together to remain safe and healthy in the workplace. It’s extremely important to ensure that your business and employees who are sharing the same workspace follow guidelines. You can find more recommendations from the CDC here.
If you personally are living with a chronic condition and at higher risk, continue to work from home as much as possible and take extra precautions when you do leave home for essential purposes. You can find more COVID-19 resources on our website here.