Working from home ‘considerably more effective’ than masks on children - Sydney Morning Herald

Summary

A pandemic adviser to the federal government says people should work from home if they can and warned employers not to expect their COVID-infected staff to continue working while ill.

Professor Jodie McVernon, one of Australia’s most influential epidemiologists, said workplaces had long been shown to be catalysts for COVID-19 spread through the community and if it was possible for people to work from home during the current wave, it was a “sensible thing to do”.

A pandemic adviser to the federal government says people should work from home if they can and warned employers not to expect their COVID-infected staff to continue working while ill.

Professor Jodie McVernon, one of Australia’s most influential epidemiologists, said workplaces had long been shown to be catalysts for COVID-19 spread through the community and if it was possible for people to work from home during the current wave, it was a “sensible thing to do”.

Jodie McVernon says it doesn’t have to be forever, but for the time being, if you have the opportunity to work from home, you should. Credit:Simon Schluter

The Doherty Institute’s director of epidemiology said working-from-home arrangements would also benefit businesses because fewer people would be off sick. She said while she understood it was triggering for some people to return to earlier pandemic arrangements, it was only a temporary measure as Australia endured a winter COVID-19 wave.

“Industry is there to make a profit and if your workforce is all sick, it’s not going well,” McVernon said.

Working from home ‘considerably more effective’ than masks on children - Sydney Morning Herald
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