School’s Back, COVID’s Rising … Here's a Quick Refresher for Employers

September 07, 2023 | From HRCalifornia Extra

by Katie Culliton, Editor, CalChamber

Sadly, Eris is not the name of the new Taylor Swift album ― it’s the latest dominant coronavirus subvariant infecting people across the country.

As of the first week of September, Eris (or EG.5) is responsible for 21.5 percent of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it may be responsible for the recent uptick in COVID-19-related hospitalizations. The good news is this uptick in both COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is much lower than previous summers; the bad news is this new variant has a greater ability to bypass people’s immune defenses.

Nicknamed after the Greek goddess of strife and discord, Eris may also cause HR departments to panic as they remember the existence of various federal, state and local COVID-19 protocols.

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