While COVID-19 related information and recommendations are continually evolving, many experts have warned that the United States will likely experience a surge of COVID-19 cases in the fall. This projected surge will likely coincide with the beginning of flu season—creating a perfect storm for the public and employers alike.
Flu season typically arrives in October or November and can last into May. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, during the 2018-2019 flu season 35.5 million people were sick with the flu, 16.5 million people went to a medical provider, and the flu caused 34,200 deaths. Many experts estimated that flu cost employers $17 billion in productivity for the 2018-2019 flu season. On top of those bleak numbers, the Integrated Benefits Institute estimated in April 2020 that COVID-19 could cost employers more than $23 billion in lost productivity and employee benefits.
Reprinted courtesy of Curtis Moore, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.