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The Virtual Work Skills You Need- Even If You Never Work Remotely

Maintaining strong, productive relationships with clients and co-workers can be challenging when you never see the person you're working with. Yet, it is common to have ongoing work relationships - sometimes lasting years - with people you’ve never met in person.

We often think of "virtual work" as working with someone located outside an office, or in another city or country. This type of work is on the rise: a 2017 Gallup report found 43% of American employees work remotely; in another survey, 48% of respondents reported that a majority of their virtual teamwork involved members from other cultures.

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We need to ramp up Covid19 testing, targeted quarantines & neighborhood watch programs now!

Developing countries like India face a unique challenge because of the sheer density of its population and fragility of its healthcare infrastructure. India has been pro-active in shutting/filtering incoming international travel, and testing & follow ups on international travelers has been decent (going by some first hand accounts). However, those who have fallen through the cracks (some have outright lied) could have already spread it to thousands (refer Patient No 31 in South Korea) by travelling on trains and attending weddings and social functions. This community spread in India is not fully understood yet (ICMR maintains there is no community spread, which is hard to believe). Perhaps, the government is trying to avert wide-spread panic. Ideally, the government needs to ramp up testing, identify Covid19 cases, follow up and keep the circles of contact small, through home quarantine and neighborhood watch programs. This is not as costly as entire city lockdowns, which we might need and will lead to wide-spread hardship, unemployment and economic loss. The testing and specific isolation approach can work, even in a crowded country like India. Just look at Kerala, which has been 2 weeks ahead of the rest of India in the entire process.

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Keeping the Coronavirus from infecting Healthcare Workers

What Singapore’s and Hong Kong’s success is teaching us about the pandemic

We need health-care workers to care for the sick, even though their jobs carry the greatest risk of exposure. How do we keep them seeing patients rather than becoming patients?

In the index outbreak in Wuhan, thirteen hundred health-care workers became infected; their likelihood of infection was more than three times as high as the general population. When they went back home to their families, they became prime vectors of transmission. The city began to run out of doctors and nurses. Forty-two thousand more had to be brought in from elsewhere to treat the sick. Luckily, methods were found that protected all the new health-care workers: none - zero - were infected.

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