Ina Opperman
Business Journalist
2 minute read
10 Dec 2020
3:40 pm

Second wave of Covid to make back-to-work more dangerous in 2021

Ina Opperman

The second wave of the pandemic is now officially underway in South Africa, setting off alarm bells for people returning to work in January after the holidays.

Picture: Jacques Nelles

Returning to work could become hazardous in the new year, since while you stay at home your colleagues, who have travelled to Covid-19 hotspots could bring the pandemic back to the office. However, good planning could make a difference, says Dr Rebaone Moshenyane, an occupational medical practitioner at Workforce Healthcare. This planning includes symptom checking for returning staff, making provision for vulnerable employees, virtual doctors’ visits, Covid-19 testing, antibody testing, mental wellness and track and trace, as well as a 2021 risk assessment. Symptom checking Moshenyane recommends that every staff member returning in January be checked for Covid-19 symptoms before...