[MEDIA RELEASE] Return to Work after the MCO for COVID-19 infection – A Guide for Workplace

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A group of academics from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya have developed a guideline for the workplace for Return to Work after the Movement Control Order (MCO) for COVID-19 infection.

The guide covers commonly asked questions such as the need to test employees returning to work after the Movement Control Order (MCO) for COVID-19 infection, available testing methods and how to protect employees and avoid a COVID-19 outbreak at the workplace including the use of technology.

It stressed that it is not necessary to test all employees for COVID-19 prior to returning to work:

“A single test will not be useful given that employees may get infected from the community at any point of time. It is for the same reason that healthcare facilities do not conduct COVID-19 tests on all of its employees unless they are at moderate or high risk of being infected.”

“A negative test may lead to a false sense of security in both employees and employers alike,” according to the guide which instead recommended methods to identify workers who are potentially infected by conducting symptoms assessment before the workers start work or shift, on a daily basis.

Currently, the law does not dictate how or when a worker should be tested for COVID-19.

Download full guide here:

The guidline was prepared by the following academics:

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marzuki Isahak
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nirmala Bhoo Pathy
  • Assoc. Prof Dr. Sasheela A/P Sri La Ponnampalavanar
  • Prof. Dr. Victor Hoe Chee Wai
  • Prof. Dr. Jamal I-Ching Sam
  • Prof. Dr. Ng Chirk Jenn
  • Prof. Dr. Sanjay Rampal
  • Prof. Dr. Ng Chiu Wan
  • Prof. Dr. Noran Naqiah Hairi
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Adina Abdullah
  • Prof. Dr. Maznah Dahlui
  • Dato’ Prof. Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine
Department of Medicine
Department of Medical Microbiology
Department of Primary Care
Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya

**All previous posts about COVID-19 here: https://sciencemediacentremalaysia.com/tag/covid-19/

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