Can production escape the new Covid strains?
Sitting in my hotel room Melbourne I’m starting to fear not being home as a lockdown sets in in Sydney which is a bad sign for this final round of Covid-19.
With just over three percent of our population fully vaccinated and the government and citizens in Sydney clearly not referring to a lockdown as a lockdown like every other state knows the concept, we are open to the rapid spread of the Delta variant of the virus.
While I am personally wondering when or how I can return home, with my @AuManufacturing hat I am wondering how manufacturing itself can escape the variant, as we did with previous waves of infection.
Then with masks, social distancing, separation of worker groups from one another, the establishment of secondary production sources and control rooms, and good luck, most of the factories somehow made it through.
Compare that to countries from Malaysia to the United States where production was completely shut down for weeks, if not months.
But with this new variant, 60 percent more is transferable, social distancing and masks won’t be enough.
Someone only has to be in the same room as an infected person the day before to fall victim to the now airborne infection.
And not enough of us got vaccinated because, despite 18 months’ warning, Canberra just didn’t buy enough and not enough vaccines.
Manufacturers must plan a Covid disruption immediately.
I’m not an expert on what that means for individual companies.
It could be that the previously extremely strict requirements for dangerous occupations such as slaughterhouses will have to apply even more broadly.
According to the Victorian Government, these were: “At least a surgical face mask, face shield, and gown or other protective clothing must be worn unless it is not reasonably practical or unsafe; Protective clothing should be changed at the end of each shift and washed accordingly. “
Worksafe Victoria has this to say about previous, less communicable strains of Covid. The prestigious journal Nature has this to say about the Delta variety.
But friends, this is serious, plan and act and do it now.
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