Third Virtual Business Mixer: “Return from quarantine to work in conditions of epidemic threat. Employer / employee relations ”was held on April 29, 2020.
It was an extremely interesting meeting that gave the participants the opportunity to learn about the medical and legislative issues of returning to work after isolation.
Traditionally participating in the meeting – members of the Association, supporters of the Association and invited guests, were welcomed by its president – Sylwester Wybranowski and Tomek Ludwicki, director of the EMBA @ UW Program.
N.B.: Before the meeting, Sylwester informed the participants that the advice and information from the speakers were valid as of today (April 29, 2020), because the situation caused by the pandemic is changing dynamically. This remark also applies to materials prepared for the meeting. However, we hope that they will be helpful in organizing a safe return to work, regardless of whether we are employers or employed.
The proper part of Virtual Business Mixer was started by Dr Dorota Świetlicka presenting the meeting plan, the structure of which was supposed to include three elements:
- Information on SARS2-COVID19 – Status Quo
- Legislation for a safe return to work
- Issues related to changes in work style and ethics in the face of a global crisis. (This part is not covered due to the time limit).
The meeting began with an outline of the current pandemic situation and the question – when can we expect the end of the pandemic?
Participants learned about the spread of the virus, the epidemiological status, statistics, and a brief history of similar epidemics such as SARS 1 in 2002-2004 and MERS-CoV in 2012.
It has been clearly stated that there is currently no effective treatment for COVID19 and all treatments are experimental.
This is due to the fact that publications from countries affected by the pandemic (212 countries, as of April 29, 2020) concern observational clinical trials in very small groups of patients, are globally uncoordinated, and the effectiveness of therapy is not confirmed by lege artis studies.
Professor Janusz Kocik expressis verbis stated that it is very difficult to determine the approximate date of the vaccine development and we should not expect it earlier than in two or three years.
It has also been confirmed that children are carriers of the virus, but due to the mechanism of the immune system reaction different than in adults, they suffer from full-blown disease much less often, and if it does, the course of the disease is mild. It was pointed out that children can be a source of infection, therefore, if not tested, they should be isolated from the elderly and immunocompromised people, e.g. cancer patients, during or after chemotherapy, after transplants, people with hypertension, diabetes, rare diseases, people taking drugs that lower immunity, e.g. steroids, etc.
Another issue was – How to safely return to work? Dr Iwona Wrześniewska – Wal, a doctor and lawyer, was invited to answer this question.
The participants learned about the legal responsibility of the employer, the obligations to be met by the employer and the employee and about the binding order of cooperation.
Several issues discussed in this part also concerned ethics, acquiring new adaptive skills to life in a “post-pandemic” world. Common-sense solutions based on concern for work safety could be perceived as discrimination (the proposal that employees at high risk age should continue to work online, an order to undergo a COVID-19 test).
Professor Janusz Kocik presented the rules for creating a safe workplace from a medical perspective. Vide: slide deck attached.
He indicated the most effective masks, and also drew attention to the disinfection of surfaces and airing the rooms.
The virus is most often transmitted by air and also through the surface on objects. He indicated that it was very important to educate employees about the epidemic situation, disease and to develop the best solutions in the area of safety and work efficiency.
The lecturers invited the participants to contact and offered help in the areas of their expertise.
Dr Dorota Świetlicka – firstname.lastname@example.org, doctor, ethicist
Professor Janusz Kocik – email@example.com, epidemiologist, oncologist
Dr. Dorota Świetlicka suggested seeing interesting videos and Reading articles, below you will find the relevant links:
When and how will the COVID19 end? By The Medical Futurist https://medicalfuturist.com/
The article on the above topic: https://medicalfuturist.com/when-and-…
How will life change after COVID 19? By The Medical Futurist
The Washington Post: Pandemic ethics, by Peter Singer and Richard Yetter Chappell
WEF: COVID19 BRIEF:
- Impact on Financial Markets
- Impact on Travel
- Impact on Trade
- The Media Role during COVID19
- Finding a Vaccine
- Avoiding COVID19 Infection and Spread
- Government Response to COVID19
- COVID19 Workforce Impact
The First Modern Pandemic, by Bill Gates, https://www.gatesnotes.com
Financial Times: The world after coronavirus, by Yuval Noah Harari
Thank you for participating and we invite you to the next webinars.
We remain at your disposal,