Flu activity is doubling each week, new COVID variants are on the upswing and RSV is making headlines.
The CDC estimates there have been at least 2.8 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 1,300 deaths from influenza as of November 5. COVID cases and hospitalizations are rising again, while deaths are fairly stable at about 330 per day.
Young children and the elderly are most at risk from RSV and a recent study found that 1.8% of healthy infants are hospitalized with RSV before their first birthday. RSV is less likely to directly affect employees but it increases anxiety among parents and caregivers and can lead to absenteeism and lost productivity. In fact, The Washington Post just reported that people who couldn't get to work in October because of childcare increased to the highest number seen since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking this data.
The good news? You are not powerless to address the triple threat from these viruses! Use this checklist for actions you can take to keep your employees healthy and at work!