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A positive PCR or antigen, essential for casualties due to covid

From now on “it will be essential to confirm the diagnosis with an active infection test (PDIA, that is, PCR or a rapid antigen test – positive” for the issuance of the temporary disability report derived from a SARS-CoV-2 infection This is how it appears in the last update Action procedure for occupational risk prevention services against exposure to Sars-Cov-2 published by the Ministry of Health, which also establishes that the health service of the prevention service must prepare a report so that the indication of teleworking or temporary disability (TI) in certain cases is accredited.

Making it clear that “it will be essential to confirm the diagnosis with a positive PDIA”. These assumptions are:

  • Workers who are close contacts: once the Public Health Commission has agreed to eliminate the quarantine for close contacts of a positive person, “no sick leaves should be issued due to temporary disability due to contact/suspected exposure to COVID19. Yes, it may be necessary carrying out follow-up tests among workers related to vulnerable areas”.
  • Workers with compatible symptoms: those who are not related to vulnerable areas, whenever possible and in the event that they are not susceptible to temporary disability due to their symptoms, teleworking or re-adaptation of the job is recommended to avoid interaction with groups vulnerable. With those who are related to these groups “it is necessary to carry out PDIA”.
  • Confirmed workers: just like the previous group, if they are not related to vulnerable areas and do not require sick leave, telecommuting or job retraining is recommended; On the contrary, those who do have that link, and those who provide support and care to vulnerable people, “will not go to their workplace.”
  • Workers with special sensitivity to SARS-CoV2 coronavirus infection: temporary disability will be indicated if there is no possibility of teleworking, adaptation of the job, adequate protection to prevent contagion or relocation to another position free of risk of exposure.

In addition, the document eliminates two of the factors that the prevention services had to evaluate when advising on the use of masks at work: the conditions of temperature and relative humidity, and the shared private means of transport.

In this way, now they will only have to analyze the adequate ventilation, the level of occupation, the maintenance of the interpersonal distance of 1.5 meters, the time of permanence, the activity, the use of common spaces (changing rooms, dining rooms, etc. ) and the existence of vulnerable people in the workplace.

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