As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, so too do the challenges being faced by employers.
We all know how important it is to identify those who have the virus and for those testing positive – and those close to them – to isolate to prevent further spread of the illness. However, we are also aware that many people show no or very mild symptoms of any illness. Added to which, at this time of year, many of us will get a cold or seasonal flu and it’s not always straightforward to distinguish the symptoms associated with these ‘normal’ winter ailments from COVID19.
As employers, the importance of knowing who is COVID positive and who is not cannot be overstated. However, to date it has not always been easy to secure a local COVID test (particularly for those who are asymptomatic) or to quickly receive results, once tested.
All this being the case, we are pleased to introduce a new COVID testing service for employers, available through one of our trusted group health scheme providers.
Two types of testing are available:
An antigen test
(via swab sample from the back of the throat and nose) to find out if employees are currently infected with COVID19.
- Tests can be delivered to one office location, for onward distribution to employees.
- Alternatively, they can be sent directly to employees’ home addresses.
- Tests are available for employees with or without symptoms.
An antibody test
(via blood sample) to find out if employees have had COVID19
- Blood tests can be taken either at the workplace or at one of the provider’s healthcare centres.
- Tests are available for non-symptomatic employees only.
The provider also offers a range of other COVID-related services, including return to work online risk assessments by expert occupational health practitioners and employee temperature checking at the business location.
If you are interested in any of these options, please contact your Brunsdon Financial Services Employee Benefits Consultant.