The holiday season is for many the best time of year. Getting together with family that we haven’t been able to see often enough this year for Thanksgiving was a wonderful time. Many of us are now looking forward to seeing those same family members and friends now that Christmas is upon us. It is especially exciting this year as many of us have felt cooped up and deprived of some of the relationships and personal interactions that mean the most to us. Unfortunately, COVID has been as Uncle Eddie in Christmas Vacation said, “The gift that keeps giving all year”.
Something to keep in mind as we bounce from one holiday with loved ones to the next is, with the recent spike in cases from Thanksgiving and the extended amount of time that people will be spending together for Christmas, many experts are worried January could be a very dark month.
To take this a step further, businesses are looking at how they can prevent the mid-January spread from getting worse when everyone goes back to work. They will need to make plans now to ensure they don’t experience more shutdowns after the inevitable holiday surge. Screening, contact tracing, social distancing, masks, and good hygiene will be paramount over the next couple months to ensure employee safety and “a healthy bottom line”. To quote Mr. Frank Shirley also in Christmas Vacation “Sometimes things look good on paper but lose their luster when you see how it affects real folks. I guess a healthy bottom line doesn’t mean much if to get it, you have to hurt the ones you depend on. It’s people that make the difference.”
With social distancing and contact tracing devices companies are seeing 80-90 percent reductions in contacts between individuals at work. With proactive screening they can additionally eliminate symptomatic people (most likely to spread the virus) from entering the workplace. And we are all familiar with the last line of defense being masks, hand washing, and workstation sanitization. So this Christmas be as safe as possible while visiting loved ones and make sure when we all return to work we are doing everything we can to protect our employees and our companies.