COVID-19 – Kids Video Explainer

I am sure some children will be confused or upset during this pandemic. ​I thought this German video did a nice job of explaining to younger children the current situation with the virus and the fact they have no school. It has English subtitles. This one by the Vietnamese government might have missed the mark

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COVID-19 – Friday the 13th Update

Happy Friday the 13th!  As a Jason, I embrace this day wholeheartedly. The COVID-19 outbreak is obviously scaring people. We are seeing unprecedented actions being taken to stem the spread of this virus, and misinformation, conflicting information, and a lack of information are rampant. To help understand where we’re currently at with the virus, I

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COVID-19 Tracker

One of our clients, Johns Hopkins, has published a COVID-19 real-time tracker.  This is a great source for monitoring and analyzing the outbreak trends, and a few features are worth highlighting: 1) Daily Cases: The graph in the bottom right corner defaults to total Confirmed cases. This number will consistently trend up due to the formula

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COVID-19 – Did It Originate Earlier Than We Know?

The new COVID-19 coronavirus has people scared. The prevailing belief seems to be this disease just recently hit Europe and the United States. However, this article from January 3, 2020 discusses the number of nationwide flu patients in Italy, with the worst hit areas mirroring places we now know have COVID-19 outbreaks. Some 225,000 people

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COVID-19 – Reasons Not to Panic

I have followed the new coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak closely for some time now. Rising is making contingency plans for various situations and we will continue to monitor the situation. China would not take the draconian actions they did in Wuhan if this was not serious. This appears to be a real outbreak with some serious

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Falling Through Two-Way Doors – Empowering Employees to Embrace Risk

We live in a risk-adverse culture. I see this professionally and even at home with one of my young daughters. She’s talented in many areas, but she’s exceptionally hard on herself when she can’t accomplish something right away. In these situations, she becomes discouraged to the point she stops trying. For a child, FAIL is

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40% of CA Utilization Review Providers Non-Compliant with New Law

I was stunned to read in a recent WorkCompCentral article (subscription required) that only 38 of the 63 firms currently providing workers’ compensation utilization review (UR) services in California are URAC accredited. Per California Senate Bill 1160, the deadline for mandatory accreditation was July 1, 2018. WorkCompCentral’s reported figures on July 9 mean that 40

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