As we continue to manage the spread of coronavirus amongst our workforces and communities, employees are being encouraged to get tested on a regular basis to help identify positive cases of the virus and ensure those who are infected, self-isolate. This will reduce the spread of the virus and protect those who cannot work from home.
Testing is crucial as around 1 in 3 people who are infected with COVID-19 have no symptoms and may be spreading the disease without knowing it. It’s vital that staff play a role to protect themselves and their colleagues.
Widening testing amongst the workforce to identify those without symptoms will mean that positive cases can be found more quickly and will help to break the chain of transmission.
Testing can also give employees and service users confidence in the workplace and help to protect and enable business continuity.
The benefit of asymptomatic testing is that it identifies cases which may otherwise have gone undetected and allows those individuals to self-isolate and reduce the risk of spreading the virus to colleagues or people they may come into contact with during their work.
This communications toolkit, in addition to partners’ own guidance and Scottish Government advice, provides a number of resources which can be used to encourage employees to be tested and help reduce the spread of Covid-19.