Contact tracing could be huge for fighting the virus, but timing is crucial. A popular caregiver site agrees to pay up for misleading screening claims. And the NFL makes lots of back-to-work plans, but are players onboard? Check out EBI’s Screening News Weekly Wrap for more.
Contact Tracing Timing Essential
While COVID-19 has taken so much away from all of us over the last four months, it has given us a few things, too. For some, it’s more time with their family, others have found time to exercise or do hobbies, and all of us have learned new vocabulary.
In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary has added a slew of new COVID-19 related terms since April! The list includes self-quarantine, social distancing, and PPE. A common one that hasn’t made the list yet is Contact Tracing.
Contact tracing is now being held up as the golden ticket that could help us avoid another complete societal shutdown. The medical journal Lancet Public Health recently published a study that shows contact tracing - finding out who a sick person has been in contact with either through an interview, questionnaire, or mobile technology - is essential. But it’s not just doing the tracing, it’s doing it quickly.
Unfortunately, many people across the country say they are waiting five days or more just to get their test results. The researchers out of the Netherlands say those testing delays have a huge impact on the success of contact tracing systems.
Of the systems tested, mobile apps, like the one featured in the EBI Workplace Health & Safety Solution, were the most effective because they are simply faster. Unfortunately, the researchers say testing needs to happen on the first day symptoms appear, and tracing must start the very next day.
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Babysitting Site Settles Over Sex Offender Data
A well-known online company that helps match people with caregivers has reached a settlement with the San Francisco and Marin County District Attorneys over accusations that they misled customers about their background checks.
According to the lawsuit, Care.com falsely claimed its background checks included a search of the National Sex Offender Registry. While the checks may have included the publicly available sex offender list, the National Sex Offender Registry of public and non-public sex offender information is maintained by the FBI and is only available to law enforcement. The company was accused of charging a premium for these more “in-depth” checks, even though parents could log on themselves and get the same information.
The company agreed to pay $700,000 in civil penalties and $300,000 directly to customers who bought the higher priced checks and who were signed up to have those services auto-renew without their consent.
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back for NFL COVID-19 Planning
Think creating a back-to-work plan isn’t that big of a deal? Well the Denver Broncos just released their plan, and it took 32-pages and 10,000 words to outline how they are going to get players ready for the season while keeping them healthy.
The plan requires players and staff to pass two COVID-19 tests. The first is a “pre-entry” test, followed by several days of self-quarantine. If they pass a second test after quarantine, players and staff will be allowed into the facility to start training. These all align with the NFL requirements.
The NFL rules also require facemasks when traveling or inside the team facilities, players and staff will be prohibited from eating in restaurants while on the road, and they will all have to wear contact tracing devices.
While the plans are coming together, some players are complaining that there is lack of detail on everything from emergency response plans to whether preseason games will be played. So, even with all this planning, the season continues to be up in the air.