In light of frontline NHS staff now to receive COVID 19 tests, the need for COVID-19 tests for regular businesses and their employees to get back to work, in any sort of capacity, is something that needs to be considered.
There is huge uncertainty around when staff are safe to return to work and how we make sure people without symptoms, who may have the virus, are not going to be potentially spreading coronavirus through workplaces.
It is first essential to follow all government recommendations to stay safe, washing hands and avoiding close contact with people. However, a second route involves the use of rapid instant screening tests.
Here are a collection of expert opinions on if employers should consider providing Coronavirus testing kits to their employees.
“The economy and the livelihoods of billions of people around the world is in freefall. The purpose we have in our days is being lost. When and how we will recover is unknown. One way companies can be proactive is to plan today and work as best they can to be ready for when the world gets back to normal. To do this, having a plan that includes testing people for COVID-19 to determine who has potential immunity, who has not had the condition and who is currently with COVID-19 means companies can get back to work sooner and faster than before. The steps companies take today will determine how they survive in the future”
Michelle Raymond, HR Specialist and CEO, The People’s Partner
“I won’t state the obvious by talking about the importance of essential workers and the need around testing as that’s widely covered. Michael Gove was asked how we are going to fund the crisis. The answer is that “we the victims” will fund this crisis with taxes and is imperative that we now think about how we get the workforce back to work.
How do we decide to manage this program and what’s the importance of it? Those workers who can work virtually arguably should be last to be tested. The physical, non-virtual workforce, who have physical interaction with others must be the priority. The quicker we can bring that group back into helping the economy to grow the quicker we will make progress. The individuals in this sector need to be just as fully supported as those essential workers and the quicker we get support to those people through the companies they work for the better”
Richard Skellett, Future of work expert, Digital Anthropology