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Workplace risk management for SARS-CoV-2: a three-step early in-tervention strategy for effective containment of infection chains with special regards to virus variants with increased infectivity

  • Background: Priority during the SARS-CoV2 pandemic is that employees need to be protected from infection risks and business activities need to be ensured. New virus variants with increased infection risks require an evolved risk strategy. Material and methods: Several standard measures such as testing, isolation and quarantine are com-bined to a novel risk strategy. Epidemiological model calculations and scientific knowledge about the course of SARS-CoV2 infectivity are used to optimize this strategy. The procedure is implemented in an easy-to-use calculator based on Excel. Layout in practice and results: Alternative combinations of measures and practical aspects are dis-cussed. Example calculations are used to demonstrate the effect of the discussed measures. Conclusion: That quarantine calculator derived from these principles enables even non-specialists to perform a differentiated risk analysis and to introduce optimized measures. Targeted testing routines and alternative measures ensure staff availability.

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Author:Andreas Paaßen, Laura Anderle, Karsten John, Sebastian Wilbrand
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.07.21.21260756
Document Type:Preprint
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2021/08/03
Year of first Publication:2021
Publishing Institution:Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen Bocholt Recklinghausen
Release Date:2021/08/03
Pagenumber:12
Departments / faculties:Fachbereiche / Informatik und Kommunikation
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitung

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