Prepare for a Fall Surge of New COVID-19 Cases — and LawsuitsWesley Sun
As we round the bend into winter, two very alarming statistics are on the rise — the number of new COVID-19 cases and the number of pandemic-related lawsuits filed against employers.
The combined effect of these two statistics will surely have detrimental consequences on our society and economy. More specifically, they threaten to bring even more uncertainty and chaos to business owners and managers.
Let’s take a closer look at the statistics.
COVID-19 Cases on the Rise
“As the year progresses into the fall, experts warn of new cases of coronavirus in the fall”
A quick look at the graph maintained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track trends in new cases, reveals a 7-day moving average of about 35,000 new cases a day in mid-September. By mid-October, however, that number had escalated to about 55,000 new cases a day. Nonetheless, it is important to note that the 7-day moving average for deaths has remained fairly steady at about 700 deaths per day — a significant decrease since the peak of nearly 3,000 deaths a day in late April.
But even with the decrease in the death rate, there is no disputing that this pandemic has changed daily life for all of us — and completely reinvented business as usual.
Now, many experts are warning of a fall surge in cases. Test positivity for the whole country averaged above 5 percent in late October, according to CNN. And, in at least 13 states, test positivity soared to above 10 percent.
To Dr. Anthony Fauci, that means we could be in for a grim winter.
“You’d like to see (the rates) less than 3 percent, optimally 1 percent or less,” Fauci was quoted as saying by CNN. “We’re starting to see a number of states well above that, which is often — in fact, invariably — highly predictive of a resurgence of cases, which historically we know leads to an increase in hospitalizations and then ultimately an increase in deaths.”
Pandemic-Related Lawsuits Also on the Rise
“Along with new COVID-19 cases, businesses face an increase in the number of lawsuits filed against employers”
The other side of the coin, which is especially troubling for business owners and managers, lies in the legal world. Since March 12, there have been 937 lawsuits filed against employers due to alleged violations related to the coronavirus, according to the legal intelligence website JD Supra.
In fact, the number of lawsuits filed has steadily increased every month since March.
One of the forces driving these lawsuits is the influx of new state and federal legislation mandating that businesses do more to protect their employees.
California passed a law in September, for example, California passed a law in September…, that requires businesses to notify employees within just one business day if they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace. A simple misstep — like an email that someone failed to send — could open a business up to potential litigation.
Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Chai Suthammanont Remembrance Act, which requires all federal agencies to publish a detailed plan to protect their employees.
While keeping employees safe is a goal we can certainly all agree with, unrelenting government regulations that are constantly being passed are difficult to keep track of. These days, business owners must also be able to prove everything they have done to keep their employees safe. They must have the detailed record-keeping needed to protect themselves in a court of law or risk of everything over simple mistakes.
If they fail to keep meticulous records, they could be opening the door to potential lawsuits.
But such record-keeping is a time-consuming task that could overwhelm many business owners and managers already struggling to get by during these unprecedented times.
The great news is that there is a solution — a cost-effective and easy-to-use system that protects both employees and business owners.
The Turing Shield
The Turing Shield does fundamental tasks, such as temperature checks, mask detection and contact tracing, , but it does them in an absolutely revolutionary way that maximizes efficiency and effectiveness.
The Turing Shield process starts before an employee even starts their day. Using their smartphone, the employee takes a 30-second health questionnaire, based on CDC guidelines. This questionnaire generates a QR code that appears on the employee’s smartphone.
Next, the employee enters the workplace and stands in front of the Turing Shield, which looks like this:
The employee holds the QR code up to the Turing Shield, which launches the system’s powerful hardware and artificial intelligence technology.
The Turing Shield pinpoints the exact spot on an employee’s forehead where temperature reading yields the highest accuracy. At the same time that temperature is being checked, the Turing Shield is also confirming that the employee is wearing a mask. The Turing Shield then prints a badge the employee can wear indicating they are cleared to report to work.
Its physical processes aside, The Turing Shield’s greatest advantage lies in its documentation. All of this information is stored every day for each employee in a highly secure cloud-based data management platform.
This is the record-keeping, available in an instant, that employers can use to launch quick and effective contact tracing in the event an employee tests positive for COVID-19. It is also the record keeping that an employer can use to protect themselves against frivolous pandemic-related lawsuits.
The Turing Shield at Work
Already, the Turing Shield is being used to protect more than 1,000 businesses across the country, including Coca-Cola, Mattel, Trader Joe’s and many more.
If you’d like to learn more about the Turing Shield, including how it’s being used in your industry specifically, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 866.339.4268. We’d love to answer any questions you might have or provide any information you might need.
Anyone who runs a business, knows that it has never been more challenging to do so. You have to worry about the virus itself and you have to worry about potential lawsuits.
The Turing Shield is designed to help protect you from both — with the least possible disruption to your workday, your employees and your bottom line.