Corporate behemoth Walmart has announced that they are taking additional measures to stop the spread of coronavirus at their locations across the United States.
Walmart told the public in a social media post that they are beginning regular temperature checks of employees as well as offering them masks and gloves as they attempt to protect shoppers and employees alike.
They wrote on Tuesday that “to better serve our customers and promote a safe and healthy workplace for our associates, we are taking the following actions in our U.S.-based stores, clubs and supply chain locations over the next few weeks:
- taking the temperatures of our associates as they report to work, as well as asking them some basic health screening questions
- making masks and gloves available, as supplies permit, for associates who want to wear them
- continuing to take steps to promote social distancing”
Their official announcement can be seen here:
— Walmart Inc. (@WalmartInc) March 31, 2020
“This week we are also sharing a new framework with associates regarding healthy behaviors at work,” Walmart wrote on their corporate website. “We’re asking them to remember three numbers: 6, 20 and 100.”
Walmart wants their customers to remember to stay six feet away from other shoppers, wash their hands for 20 seconds and do so frequently, and stay home if their temperature surpasses 100 degrees or they have other common symptoms. They are hoping that their customers follow these common-sense tips in order to bring the pandemic to a speedy end.
Another change Walmart will be making is that they will be implementing one-way aisles in their stores so shoppers are less likely to be clustered closely together while picking up items.
Already seen in Canadian Walmart locations. pic.twitter.com/f2vU42MynJ
— Andrew Davis 🇨🇦 (@andrew_506) March 31, 2020
Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner is adamant that his corporation wants all shoppers to feel safe and does not want his stores becoming a coronavirus hub during the pandemic.
“Any associate with a temperature of 100.0 degrees will be paid for reporting to work and asked to return home and seek medical treatment if necessary. The associate will not be able to return to work until they are fever-free for at least three days,” Furner said.
“We encourage anyone who would like to wear a mask or gloves at work to ask their supervisor for them, while keeping in mind that it is still possible to spread germs while wearing them,” he added.
The marketplace is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic in order to keep people safe as the number of individuals reported as infected continues to rise sharply.
Biden COVID Advisor Paid to Sponsor Mask Brand Claimed Product “Deactivates” Coronavirus
This could represent a serious ethics violation.
An incoming Biden White House coronavirus advisor promoted a brand of mask he claims “deactivates” coronavirus, claiming on his personal podcast that Livinguard masks offer more protection to their wearers than other products.
There should be an immediate federal ethics investigation of incoming Biden covid advisor @ASlavitt for his claim that a mask he was pitching (for money, see below) “deactivates” the coronavirus—with no disclaimer about claims not being evaluated by FDA. pic.twitter.com/v5lnr3jZZh
— Zac Bissonnette (@ZacBissonnette) January 19, 2021
“All masks can curb the spread of COVID-19. Why I like the Livinguard masks, and why I wear them, is because they actually deactivate coronavirus thanks to their incredible patented technology that’s been shown to mitigate the spread of microorganisms like bacteria and viruses.”
Slavitt confirmed that Livinguard is a “sponsor” to him, in some capacity.
This awesome mask / sponsor we’ve been wearing & talking about on #InTheBubble has given us permission to give away 100 on Twitter! Antiviral Technology, washable and reusable. In the comments by 8/21 just mention your 3 fave episodes+follow @livinguard if you want to qualify pic.twitter.com/guQJpPaj4v
— Andy Slavitt @ 🏡🇺🇸 (@ASlavitt) August 19, 2020
Livinguard masks can be washed and reused, and they sell for as much as $30 on the company’s website. Various manufacturers of facemasks have made claims of health superiority as it pertains to their product.
Slavitt’s claim about the masks is not evaluated by the FDA, and the questionable nature of his claims could potentially incur the scrutiny of the health organization.
The former Obama administration official’s claim that the masks “deactivate” COVID is highly questionable. Experts generally agree that masks are more effective at preventing asymptomatic carriers from spreading the virus than they are in protecting the wearer from it, and Slavitt’s language implies the material of the mask is more effective in neutralizing COVID molecules than other fabric and cloth surfaces. Such a claim would represent a dramatic development in the fight against COVID, and it’s very likely the material would be adopted en masse to deter further spread of the disease.
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