Two companies, two different ways of dealing with Swine Flu

Swine Flu has well and truly arrived in Norwich after the city avoided the worst of it for some time. But it is interesting to note the different reaction of two city firms to outbreaks amongst their staff.

Let's take company number one, a large international financial services and insurance company. My brother's best mate works in IT at the insurance company and recounted the story of a member of staff who was feeling unwell, suddenly became feverish, ran to the toilets and was very ill and vomited in the toilets, but very little of it went in to the toilets. Now you'd imagine that the company would take this seriously, close the toilets, get them properly cleaned, advise staff what had happened ? No. Nothing was done and it took three (yes three) days for the vomit to be cleaned. The toilets were left open all throughout this period with dried swine flu vomit on the floor. Nice.

Company number 2, a British owned international company with interests in travel, insurance and the media (who my brother works for) had two members of staff become ill with swine flu. The two ill staff were immediately sent home and the bosses then advised all staff that the company had provided for them and their family courses of Tamiflu (including Tamiflu suspension for infants) so that if they become ill they will have immediately have tamiflu to hand.

What a massive difference in the response of each company. But then again, what do we expect given the advice from government to the health professionals.

At the doctors today with my son, we got on to the topic of swine flu and my doctor told me the advice they are getting is different almost every day, some advice is out of date, more is available on the internet than doctors are being told and the advice to pregnant women is odd and wrong.

And to think the government still think they are doing a good job on swine flu and are in control.


Brian E. said...

There is a very cynical line of thought which suggests that the swine flu epidemic will be nowhere as bad as the worst case scenario.
The government will then be able to boast as to how good their measures were at preventing it getting worse, which of course would not have happened if the NHS were under Tory control.
Time will tell!

None of the above said...

Sounds like your doctor was (rightly) probably trying to placate you.

The advice is fairly clear. Good respiratory system and hand hygiene is pretty much all you can do. And be sensible. Pregnant women need to be more careful obviously but it's not clear yert just what the risks are as the numbers aren't there yet to make any judgements. They are advised not to come into contact with anyone suffereing with Swine Flu presently. Common sense really.

Brain E. Find out what 'worst case scenario' means. Then you'll see why a lot of people are saying it won't be as bad as that. Cos that would be the like, er, worst case.

My partner had it and was rough for a couple of days. Not nearly as bad as normal flu.