• Dr. Soumi Eachempati

Will workers hide their Covid-19 symptoms when they return to work?

Updated: May 16

As the country is starting to muse about the best way to keep employees safe in the workplace, different viewpoints are starting to be heard. The government has given a mandate to companies that they monitor their employees for symptoms of Covid. Additionally, employers know that an outbreak of Covid in their workplace would be disastrous on many fronts for their companies. In fact, an outbreak would hurt employees due to potential layoffs, loss of company revenues, and even possible dissolution of the company.





With this backdrop in mind, companies are looking at new technology such as non-invasive temperature monitors to screen employees for fevers, a marker of potential Covid infection. Not so fast say some civil liberties experts who feel the employers may be infringing on employee privacy.


However, the question is not so simple. Keeping a deadly disease from your co-workers and going to work appears to be an infringement of the rights of your co-workers who may be physically and financially harmed from having Covid positive employees in the workplace.


This question is still being discussed. Read more about it in the article below.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/04/27/companies-use-thermal-cameras-speed-return-work-sparks-worries-about-civil-liberties/


April 30, 2020

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