Preventive Social Distancing Measures for America during COVID-19 Outbreak

Preventive Social Distancing Measures for America during COVID-19 Outbreak

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Heather Sims started this petition to Employers with technical capabilities to utilize remote workers.

Most employers want their employees on site, but have the technology for remote login in the case of travel or inclement weather. If those companies implement practices to allow their employees to work from home before COVID-19 is detected in their area, it can help avoid the spread from asymptomatic cases (i.e. the daughter of the man diagnosed in New York this week). Data Collected from the influenza outbreak in 1918 shows that cities enforcing social distancing before the virus was diagnosed in their community contributed to less death as it can slow the spread of the virus while in enclosed spaces. Even if only a portion of the workforce is able to work remotely, it will still lower opportunities of spread by allowing those in the offices more space to distance from each other. Dr. Nancy Messonier, the Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) said "This is the other side of not spreading the disease, which is not catching it. Think twice before you expose yourself to sometone who is showing symptoms." This is solid advice, and should be followed, but many people shedding the novel coronavirus are not showing any symptoms while they are actively infecting others. Additionally, hospitals in America will be spread too thin if surges in the outbreak (especially the initial outbreaks) send more patients to the hospitals than there are apropriate negative air pressure quarantine rooms. Being proactive in social distancing is necessary and many companies have the technology to begin implementing those measures now.  

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