As Society Reopens, Public Health Officials Warn We May be Forced to Stay Home Again

June 10, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified June 11, 2020

In Kaiser Health News, public health officials warn that a reopening will generate a second wave of COVID-19 infections. As long as there is no reliable therapy or vaccine, this could delay a return to economic and social normalcy, or even force us back under house arrest.

As people are starting to venture out into society again, officials urge now is an opportune moment to talk about doubling down on preparations for the duration of the pandemic. The conversation is as important as ever, since social distancing has begun to fade, heightening the risk of spreading infection.

Washing of hands, continuing to wear face masks, and avoiding frequent trips out of the home are a few suggestions for protection against the second wave. We’ve also learned that digital capability is essential. The need for reliable Wi-Fi and videoconferencing technology is vital if you work remotely. It’s also important for communicating with your doctor (telehealth), and with friends and family.

Nobody can be 100% safe from the coronavirus, and the extent of one’s preparations will depend on their anxiety level, personality, and resources. “It’s good to be prepared,” says Dr. Alex Chen, chief medical officer of Health Net of California.

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