Natasha said in our conversation, “The issue of back to work is going to be huge. “This is going to be the focus of my coverage for the rest of this year.”
Shira: We want workplaces to screen us for sickness, right?
Natasha: Yes, but some technologies – thermal temperature scanners are a big one – are beyond belief In the form of a cat. Temperature rises for several reasons, and 25 percent or more people infected with coronavirus do not have fever or other symptoms.
Public health experts say that those faulty temperature checks can accidentally make employees feel safe, so they can’t wear masks.
Which means of health screening should employers then use?
The public health experts I spoke to said that employers mean well, but they should stop checking for ineffective fever and pay employees for testing for coronovirus.
Imagine if we did a weekly test of workers for free. People will still be infected, and you still want to find out who and how they can be exposed at the workplace. but Continuous testing This workplace can make a lot of technology.
But testing is limited. Is flawed workplace better than screening?
Maybe. But if technology greatly increases your chances of catching the virus because people have a false sense of security and caution is not taken, you cannot recover with it.
Another issue is transparency and options for workers. People may feel comfortable taking their temperature with their bosses, but what if businesses later identify employees at risk of heart disease using a similar technique? National coordination on best practices for workplace screening will be helpful.
What else concerns you about these workplace screenings?
There is going to be a two-tier treatment. Service and blue collar workers will have no choice but to keep a health-monitoring app on their phones and agree to other screening technology that may not work. And office workers may get more systemic changes like fancy air purification systems and the like the lift With a schedule scheduled for various employees.
Life will be strange in the office.
Yes, and it will be a big job for employers. Maybe people will work in shifts to limit the number of people together. Imagine building changes: contactless doors and elevators, various air circulation. And if everyone is isolated in plexiglass cubicles, what is the point of going to an office?
How would you feel to take the New York City metro and go back to our office?
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Despair in rural america
Last week We asked the readers Who do not have access to fast internet to tell us how it affects them. Hundreds wrote expressing disappointment and anger. Here is a selection of responses, edited.
Our only option is to connect to the Internet via satellite. We often experience poor connectivity, call drop, jerky video streams. Everything turns south when the weather is bad. It is impossible to schedule a meeting that relies on the Internet at a high level with confidence that things have not gone wrong.
Monitoring data usage is as tedious as counting calories – we inevitably fall short of our quota each month. Once the cap is reached, the service drops to a dial-up speed. Hit a key, get up, take the dog for a walk, come back and see if the screen is loaded. – Ginger Cushing, Centerville, Md.
I am a music teacher, and now I am trying to manage private lessons and classes online. I can teach online if the person at the other end has high-speed internet, but not for someone whose internet is of poor quality like mine. – Lynette Westfriend, Winthrop, Wash.
Even within communities, we are seeing a classic “haves” and “have-nots”. In our community, we have the privilege of having 25 Mbps as we are near the neighboring city limits with better service and our provider was able to “push” something for us. We are reluctant to let anyone know, as the rest of the city’s residents struggle with 3-9 Mbps (think dial-up speed). – Peter Berg, Sandwich, N.H.
We are not able to use any streaming program on any service like Netflix, Amazon, etc. This makes for very boring living in the house. We are in our 80s and will be of great benefit if we have access to an increasingly reliable internet connection. – Marji Fuller near Hastings, Mich.
Like poor people everywhere, we have won such a terrible service that we hardly bother to complain anymore.
I have lost renters three times because the internet was too slow for them. (Although I say this in my AirBnB listing, when they arrive here they cannot believe that true reality.) – Naan Richardson, Barton, VT.
I live in rural Arkansas and currently teach English courses at a local community college. We extended the submission options and deadlines, recommended the app for students to use their phones to present work, and expanded Wi-Fi so that students could complete and submit work from the parking lot Can. I changed my due dates once a week so that students only had to do that drive once a week.
While they are still expected to complete their work, I try to consider their constraints. I have taken photographs of handwritten works. I have given books and homework to students with car problems. I have driven students’ homes to take pictures of their work on my laptop, because while they may not have internet, they complete their essays on their computers.
The playing field is never equal, but we should always try to achieve it. – Misty Gates, Polk County, Ark.
Before we leave …
- Robot driven cars are on ice: Coronavirus safety measures are preventing driverless cars from road tests because they may not have a pair of human brains. And the money is drying up to fund very expensive technology. Driverless cars seemed to be around the corner a decade ago. Now they seem farther than ever, writes Times reporters Cade Metz and Erin Griffith.
- (Whispers: It’s not a virus. It’s you.) Do you know that there is an app named Qwabi? Together Video entertainment given in short blasts? No? Perfect. Kabbi spent a gazillion dollars and still did not get many bored people to watch its shows. One of the owners of Quibi told my colleague Nicole Spurling that it was a defect of the coronavirus.
- Trade your yeast for avocados: Bartering is back with the 21st century Washington Post Writing. On Facebook, NextDor and Twitter, people are blocking stuff they have enough of. Bartering keeps people out of crowded stores, filling gaps in goods that are hard to find, saving money and putting our friends and neighbors in distress.
Scottish sports announcer Andrew Couture has brilliantly unleashed his play-by-skill over our more mundane, sheltered lives. this Video conference call with his dogs His best work yet.