Infinet Wireless solutions boost provision of healthcare to the most vulnerable in South American city

  • Wireless networks allow healthcare administration to deliver better services, catering especially to vulnerable patients
  • Number of people attended to daily by health professionals increases five-fold

Cartagena, Colombia, 26th May 2020Infinet Wireless, the global leader in fixed broadband wireless connectivity, has helped significantly improve the ability of a major South American city to provide healthcare services to residents via its new wireless network platform.

In Cartagena, Colombia, Infinet Wireless’ network of radio solutions has been deployed and used by its local partner Fibraxo to create a network for The Social Company of the State of Bolivar (ESE), responsible for healthcare provision. This new network gives ESE the means to reach even more citizens, expand its geographical coverage and unify its information to improve health services to the entire population in primary and secondary care headquarters throughout the district.

Infinet Wireless solutions boost provision of healthcare to the most vulnerable in South American city

Infinet Wireless solutions boost provision of healthcare to the most vulnerable in South American city

“Since the new infrastructure was deployed, we have witnessed a major increase and improvement in patient care, rising from an average of 100 people seen per day to approximately 500 people over the same period of time,” said Carlos de la Madrid, Regional Business Development Director for LATAM at Infinet Wireless. “Further benefits include providing ESE with the ability to upload patient data quicker and more accurately. ESE’s Local Hospitals of Cartagena are now able to synchronize digital clinical records to the data centres of the administrative headquarters, via a Health Manager application that allows the browsing of patients’ clinical histories.”

The new data network was implemented to cater for the increased number of patients attended to on a daily basis, rising above an average of 300 extra daily patients to emergency centres.

Wireless points of presence (PoP’s) have been created around the geographical area to be covered in order to connect the main data and processing centre with the 43 administrative ESE hospital branches. This replaces a legacy wireless platform which suffered from major delays for data transfers and sharing, resulting in poor service, loss of critical information and loss of financial revenue streams for the hospitals.

Further connectivity hubs have been installed in urban and rural areas, with the objective of satisfying the needs of the health care centres in the most vulnerable and remote places of the State. The wireless infrastructure enables ESE to deliver quality services to the entire population, especially in areas facing extreme poverty, such as Arroyo Grande, Arroyo de Piedra and Arroyo de las Canoas.

The deployed network consists of two types of overlay platforms: a cabled layer based on fibre optics, and a wireless layer using multiple radio links and Wi-Fi zones operating in frequency bands between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Unprecedented service quality and performance was achieved over the entire territory covered, especially in remote and rural areas.

The heart and hub of this platform was deployed in the strategic location of Cerro de la Popa, where point-to-point (PtP) links and point-to-multipoint (PtmP) base stations were installed using the InfiMAN 2×2 R5000-Qmxb beamforming technology, as well as a number of high-capacity InfiLINK 2×2 R5000-Lmn and R5000-Smn wireless units. All remote subscribers are now able to enjoy a bandwidth of up to 50Mbps.

“We chose Infinet Wireless’ solutions because of their performance levels that rival that of fibre optics, as well as its high throughputs, even at the subscriber end, and their ultra-low latency. The solution also offers interference mitigation and lightning protection solutions, as well as advanced data management utilities such as traffic prioritization, full Quality of Service (QoS), firewalling and routing,” said Wilmer Fabián Barros González, Project Manager at Fibraxo SAS.

González also said his firm intention is to expand the deployment of Infinet Wireless’ solutions in future projects in order to reach even more urban and rural areas, for example to the Sucre department.

Hernán Dager Peña, IT coordinator of the ESE Hospitals in Cartagena, said: “Our main requirement was a service that offered reliability, quality and stable connectivity in the 43 hospital branches, which includes the administrative headquarters, three hospitals, ten emergency health centres and ten external consultation centres.”

Peña added: “Fibraxo SAS offered us a robust platform based on both fibre optics and radio connectivity, with the latter provided by Infinet Wireless and working perfectly to meet the needs and requirements of our hospitals network. The health centres are spread around the state with long distances between them, yet the Fibraxo network has managed to cover seamlessly the entire area, as well the surrounding towns and islands.”

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About Infinet Wireless:
Infinet Wireless is in a unique position, being one of the largest privately owned Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) development and manufacturing companies in the world. Since its foundation, Infinet has maintained organic growth through innovation and the ability to deliver complete customer satisfaction throughout. Listening to its customers for more than 26 years, coupled with its innovative approach in research and development, have resulted in a range of advanced fixed wireless connectivity solutions that are a perfect fit for many requirements, making Infinet Wireless the natural choice for global communication corporations and governments, all of whom require uncompromised connectivity. With over 500,000 deployments from the plains of Siberia to the deserts of the Sahara, Infinet Wireless is active in market segments that deliver Broadband Wireless Access to service providers of all types, government entities, transportation sector (including mobile and nomadic functionality) and Oil & Gas. For more information, please visit our website at or connect with Infinet Wireless on social media: @InfinetW.

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Wyld Networks works with NHS Highland and Highland Health Ventures to integrate mesh technology into new mobile app to help prevent spread of COVID-19 in care homes

Specialist app will provide safer environments and better communications by creating geozones

20 May 2020: Wyld Networks has signed an agreement with Highland Health Ventures Ltd (HHVL) to test and deploy its mobile mesh technology into care homes in Scotland to help protect residents, staff and visitors and prevent the spread of COVID-19 or other viruses. HHVL is an independent company with a Collaboration Agreement with NHS Highland for the purpose of developing innovations in healthcare.

Alastair Williamson

Alastair Williamson

The Wyld technology will provide digital access and anonymised social distance monitoring and alerting through a mobile app and a mesh wireless network of connected smartphones and IoT (Internet of Things) devices. Wyld and HHVL have already started the first project for implementation in a care home in Scotland, while the technology may also have broader applications in helping other businesses get back to work.

Statistics from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) show that more than half of the recorded coronavirus deaths in Scotland over recent weeks were in care homes. Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) also reports that 12,526 care home residents have died due to Coronavirus in England and Wales during the four months to May.

“Supporting innovation across the healthcare system is more important than ever and will be central to securing transformation and improved care,” said Frances Hines, Research, Development and Innovation Manager in NHS Highland. “Creating the conditions for more collaborative approaches to innovation and enabling the adoption of cost-effective new technologies will be key, and we are pleased to be working together with Wyld and HHVL to deliver innovative potential solutions for care homes.”

“HHVL was established to assist innovative companies interacting with the NHS and with our collaboration agreement with NHS Highland, we are now involved in selected projects which are introducing and deploying technology into healthcare settings,” said Dr David Heaney, Director Highland Health Ventures Ltd (HHVL).

How it works
Wyld’s innovative mesh technology harnesses the power of people’s mobile phones without relying on connections to cellular or Wi-Fi networks. Data simply finds the quickest and easiest route by hopping between phones to deliver notifications, alerts and other content quickly and reliably, while also accurately measuring social distancing. The Wyld system is able to create virtual geozones around the care home and particularly sensitive or quarantined areas to control access as well as dynamic personal two-metre geozones around everyone with the app.

All staff and visitors will have to download the mobile application and input COVID-19 test results and enter any symptoms into a self-diagnostic algorithm embedded in the application to create a risk profile. Residents without a smartphone could be given electronic wristbands or similar.

Anyone approaching a geozone will be sent a message instantly to let them know if they are allowed to enter. By using Wyld’s real-time data analytics platform, care home managers will be able to contact and advise anyone who has been in close contact with someone who is tested positive with COVID-19 or develops symptoms.

“Our mesh technology was originally designed for applications such as major sporting events, music festivals, retail centres and transport hubs to deliver relevant, location-aware information,” said Wyld Network’s CEO, Alastair Williamson. “But it quickly became clear that our Wyld mesh could play a vital role in protecting residents, staff and visitors in care homes, hospitals and hospices. We hope the system created with Highland Health Ventures will provide a model that can be adopted more widely to deal with the current crisis, as well as deliver post-COVID benefits.”

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About HHVL
Highland Health Ventures Ltd (HHVL) works collaboratively with NHS Highland, organisations such as the European Space Agency and companies based in the NEXUS life sciences cluster on the Inverness Campus. Together, they seek to develop innovative health and care solutions that are central to the delivery of these services in the Highlands of Scotland and more widely.

About Wyld Networks
Wyld Networks Limited is a Cambridge-based technology company developing advanced mobile mesh and IoT networking technologies and applications. Wyld securely connects smart devices, people and things, to deliver data-driven, intelligent solutions that give businesses a competitive advantage.

For more information please contact:
Eric Hewitson, Business Development Manager, Wyld Networks, [email protected]

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Mobile Growth Association and MRACLE2020 Team Up to Raise Money to Flatten the COVID-19 Curve

Press Release

Help purchase PPE for hospitals by registering for MGS Global Virtual Conference 1.0 for just $5.

May 19, 2020, San Francisco, CA – In April, Siberia Su, and a group of friends launched MRACLE2020-a nonprofit on a mission to accelerate the flattening of the COVID-19 curve. Currently, they are raising funds for the 100K Miracle Mask Campaign to help frontline workers who need better access to personal protective equipment. MGA is teaming up with the 501(C)(3) charity to help raise money and support their worthy mission.

Graphic with promo code

Graphic with promo code

Visit to register for MGS GVC 1.0 using code MRACLE2020 and get a pass for just $5 – all of which will be given to the charity.

“As we live through these unprecedented times, Mobile Growth Association wants to bring the most relevant content to all growth marketing leaders while dedicating our support to help those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says MGA CEO, Jen Laloup. “We’re excited to team up with a great cause while also bringing great content to mobile professionals who are trying to keep up with the changes the industry is undergoing.”

MGS GVC 1.0 will take place entirely online June 2-4 and bring together an unprecedented line-up of global mobile experts to help app marketers and developers continue to thrive.

About MGA:
Mobile Growth Association (MGA) is a global association providing mobile marketing professionals with frontline content and community events to help grow their app businesses. Drawing on its roots as a non-profit organization dedicated to education, MGA is committed to building the world’s most helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable community of mobile experts.

About MRACLE2020:
MRACLE2020 connects international suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE) with the institutions that need it most during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Media Contact Info:
Theresa Cramer
Communications Director
[email protected]

Half of companies ill-equipped to support employee mental health

  • Half of companies report lack of resources to support mental health issues in their business
  • 45% of businesses report rise in mental health issues for workforce during lockdown
  • 1 in 5 companies have zero oversight of employee mental health issues

London, UK. 19th May 2020. Half of all companies don’t have the resources to properly support employee mental health, according to a new survey from workforce intelligence platform e-days.

Released during Mental Health Awareness Week (18th-24th May), the survey results from more than 100 HR leaders found that over 53% of businesses felt that had inadequate resources to support mental health issues in their business.

Tired manager

Tired manager

On a webinar co-hosted by e-days and Doctor Care Anywhere, the digital healthcare company, 100 HR leaders and decision makers shared their preparedness for tackling the growing issue of poor mental health in the workplace, which is reported to cost the UK economy £99 billion each year. 45% of respondents confirmed that they had seen a rise in mental health-related illness in their business in the last month. Only 15% said that there had been no rise.

With the impact of lockdown on employee mental health well-documented, over half of businesses still lack the capability to see which of their staff has been affected by Covid-19 either mentally or physically. Worryingly, one in every five companies are completely blind to issues with employee mental health, and 40% of respondents only receive updates monthly or even more rarely.

As UK businesses begin preparations to return to ‘business as usual’, e-days’ survey reinforces the importance of tracking who might be suffering from poor mental health as a result of the UK’s lockdown measures. The findings show that occupational health and extensive support should be a prerequisite for any business looking to re-open their place of work.

Steve Arnold, CEO of e-days, commented: “It’s never been more important for employees and employers to be having open and honest conversations about mental health in the workplace. Poor mental health is a growing problem, and many businesses find themselves without adequate resources to help their staff. Promoting good employee mental health now will also offer wider benefits that outlast the Covid-19 crisis. If relationships are strong and there is a strong sense of trust between employer and employee, then businesses will be far more resilient to whatever the future holds.”

Dr Lia Ali, head of mental health strategy at Doctor Care Anywhere, commented: “Unfortunately, when it comes to mental health, there is still a stigma around discussions. People are not sure whether they should be addressing issues when they see them. We don’t have these thoughts when we consider physical health, so why would any employer allow mental health to impact an employee’s performance?

“Early intervention can make all the difference- and as we adjust to life after lockdown, we can do this by looking at patterns in data and understanding our employees. When we know our employees well, then we can spot warning signs sooner.”


About e-days
Founded by CEO Steve Arnold and CTO Chris Moseley, e-days is an award-winning, cloud-based absence management and intelligence platform that makes holiday and absence management easy and accurate for organisations of all sizes, anywhere in the world. e-days delivers for more than 1,500 customers across 120 countries, including brands such as Canon, ASOS, AXA, Monster Energy, Barclays, and Sony.

The e-days mission is to provide organisations with key intelligence regarding staff absence – enabling them to build better staff management and wellbeing strategies. Absence intelligence allows businesses to achieve better resourcing insights, save time and money associated with employee absence, and promote excellent employee wellbeing and better health for organisational success.

Twitter: @edayssoftware

About DCA
Doctor Care Anywhere is a doctor-founded digital healthcare company. From anytime appointments, fast and convenient prescriptions, to safe and secure patient records, Doctor Care Anywhere is a complete virtual GP service that simplifies healthcare for patients, clinicians and businesses that can be used anywhere in the world.

Patients are empowered through easy access to their medical records, virtual consultations, repeat prescription management, personalised health tracking and medication reminders.

Twitter: @DrCareAnywhere

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REaD Group and More Metrics release risk datasets to support informed decision-making during COVID-19

London, 5 May 2020 – Award-winning data and insight company REaD Group and data analytics specialists More Metrics have partnered to create a number of COVID-19 risk datasets that explore the risk factors and infection rates at a range of local geographies.

Using open source, publicly available data, More Metrics has created a new set of data models that explore the impact of COVID-19 on the UK population. REaD Group can advise marketers on how to apply the available data to make sensible, sensitive decisions and inform their marketing strategy, supporting data-driven decisions and responsible marketing.

REaD Group logo

REaD Group logo

More Metrics uses a wide range of data to create models at both postcode and individual/solo level. These models can help brands ensure they are targeting their marketing messages, optimising contact with customers and increasing ROI. Data used to create these models is publicly available and generally focuses on health and wealth factors – ideal for the current situation.

More Metrics has used existing and new datasets to create 14 risk measurements relevant to COVID-19, including Age and Household Composition: Mortality and Co-Morbidity; Economic Resilience; Risk Engagement and Infection Rates.

The comparison of risk factors and infection rates at a local level suggests that there are associations between the two. For example, the datasets have shown:

  • High infection rates are dominated by London and occurring in locations with higher overcrowding risks and higher overall engagement risk (this could mean a less rigorous adherence to lockdown advice in these locations)
  • One reason for the high infection rates seen in London is due to timing. London was infected early before lockdown measures came into force whereas many other areas were in lockdown before the infection took hold.
  • When we account for this timing effect, we estimate that neighbourhoods across the country with a similar geo-demographic mix are just as likely to be affected as each other. Neighbourhoods with residents who live in more overcrowded conditions and/or use public transport more and/or have a higher proportion of workers in industries engaging with the general public are most at risk of high COVID-19 infection rates.

Brands and marketers will be able to use these datasets for:

  • Screening to deselect vulnerable consumers for campaigns
  • Attaching codes to inbound contact data to understand the consumer they are talking to
  • Adding the data to models to ensure these factors are considered when selecting consumers for campaigns

The data is available at a range of different geographic levels: the application of each is dependent on usage. At the lowest level the models are created at OA (Output Area) level and can be attached to any individual or household with a postcode: the recommended level for most marketing applications.

More Metrics will update the data on a weekly basis to enable the track of infection rates at a local level over time across the UK. To receive a geo-specific dataset, you can submit a request here and to find out more about applying these unique datasets to your marketing strategy, please contact [email protected].

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For an interview or more information, please contact:
Kate Gordon, Bright Spark PR for REaD Group
E kate [at]
T 07980 921961

About REaD Group
REaD Group is a marketing data and insight company that gives brands the right to be personal. Data – particularly quality data and data quality –is at the heart of everything it does: REaD believes that there isn’t a marketing challenge that data cannot solve.

To genuinely engage customers, brands must create communications that are timely, relevant and permissioned. REaD uses its unrivalled data products, insight and expertise to helps its clients get closer to their customers, offering market-leading data quality and cleaning solutions and trusted marketing data.

For more information visit

About More Metrics
More Metrics is a specialist in the application and delivery of Open Source Data, data which is non-personalised and typically provided by Government and other public bodies. This makes its output GDPR friendly and therefore quick and easy to use.

It has developed a modelling process over many years that analyses the millions of raw data fields to produce a range of postcode tagged data sets covering family finances, health and lifestyle and attitudes on key social issues.

For more information visit

Retail footfall surges as lockdown restrictions are eased: analysis based on more than 50,000 venues across 120 countries

Press Release

As different regions and countries across the world begin to ease lockdown restrictions, Purple’s Global Footfall Trends tool is allowing us to see what impact these measures are having on the footfall across industries.

Early results suggest that there has been one big winner so far, the retail industry which has seen a huge surge in footfall, with a more than 400% week on week increase in the US and an almost 9% jump globally.

The past week has seen several countries begin to ease restrictions in line with their ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As this happens, we can begin to analyse the effect this is having on the behaviour of individuals, and start to understand the longer term changes in social interactions which Purple will continue to monitor and report on.

The early indications suggest that an easing of restrictions has led to a large amount of people heading back to shops and stores, with a 443% increase in footfall in the Asia Pacific region, and 434% increase in the US.

The EMEA region, however, has seen a more modest increase with 4%, it nevertheless offers a glimmer of hope for one of the hardest hit industries, especially in light of the overall increase of 9%.

With more countries across Europe such as the United Kingdom discussing the possibility of easing lockdown restrictions, it’s likely that we will continue to see this increase in visitors not just to the retail sector but also the majority of verticals.

Other notable figures to pull out of the last week’s data are an increase of 14% in footfall for Cafes and a 2% increase in Restaurants. Overall, global footfall across all industries still saw a drop of 3%.

Purple will report on updated trends and insights on a weekly basis at

For more information, please see Global Footfall Trends or contact [email protected]

UK businesses quick to adapt to threat of COVID-19 according to new research from Aetna International

50% of UK firms had issued a policy and over a third had offered remote working prior to working from home guidance from Government

With countries across the world now in lockdown due to the spread and risk of COVID-19, new research commissioned by Aetna International, conducted between 4 and 27 March and announced today, shows a majority of businesses in the UK had prepared and reacted to the growing threat pre-lockdown.

According to the research, by 11 March when the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic, 83% of businesses had already taken some form of action to support employees. In the markets the research covered, this date was two to three weeks before local lockdown policies were put in place, and a third (31%) of businesses had already given employees the option to work remotely, and 44% had issued health tips to employees.

The research amongst office workers across four markets (UK, USA, UAE and Singapore) was part of Aetna International’s ongoing insights programme into issues affecting businesses, including the provision of mental and physical health support. According to the findings, larger businesses (those with 5,000 employees or more) were perhaps understandably quicker to respond to the global issue, with 44% issuing guidance on how they were dealing with the risk prior to the WHO announcement.

In the UK, prior to the government’s advice to work from home on 16 March, over a third (36%) of businesses had already offered this to employees, whilst over half (56%) had issued health tips to minimise risk and advice for self-quarantine.

A quarter of UK businesses had already banned all travel and 50% had issued a policy on how they were dealing with it, according to employees.

Richard di Benedetto, President at Aetna International, said: “The spread of COVID-19 across the globe has been rapid, and its impact on all our lives – both personally and professionally – has been significant. Despite the economic challenges facing many businesses, it is testament to the resolve of business leaders that they reacted so quickly to support their employees’ health and well-being.

“Whether through simple messages and tips, or bringing in remote working early, clearly they were doing what they could in unbelievably challenging times. As this complex situation continues to evolve, we will continue to assess how companies are adapting during this period of uncertainty, to ensure we are doing all we can to help them safeguard the mental and physical health and well-being of their employees.”

UK results breakdown from 4 March to 27 March:
In the UK, prior to the government advice to work from home on 16 March…

  • 81% had done something according to their employees
  • 58% had issued a message of concern to all workers
  • 50% had issued a policy on how they were dealing with it according to their employees
  • 56% had offered health tips for minimizing the risk and advice for self-quarantine
  • 36% had offered the opportunity to work remotely to all those concerned
  • 9% had provided access to private medical health checks to all employees
  • 25% had banned all travel
  • 23% had begun to implement reduced working times
  • 35% had suspended work-related events for large groups
  • 34% had asked those that have travelled to high risk areas to work remotely for 14 days


About Aetna International
Aetna International is committed to helping create a stronger, healthier global community by delivering comprehensive health care benefits and population health solutions worldwide. One of the largest providers of international private medical insurance, Aetna International serves more than 800,000 members worldwide, including expatriates, local nationals and business travellers. Its global benefits include medical, dental, vision and emergency assistance and, in some regions, life and disability. Aetna International also offers customised technological and health management solutions for health care systems, government entities and large employers to improve people’s health, enhance quality of care and contain costs. Aetna International is a subsidiary of Aetna, a CVS Health company, which serves an estimated 39 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. For more information, see or LinkedIn.

Media enquiries for Aetna International: [email protected]

Research breakdown
Prior to the WHO officially declaring COVID-19 a pandemic:

  • 17% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had done nothing according to their employees
  • 42% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had issued a message of concern to all workers
  • 42% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had issued a policy on how they were dealing with it according to their employees
  • 44% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore offered health tips for minimizing the risk and advice for self-quarantine
  • 31% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore offered the opportunity to work remotely to all those concerned
  • 23% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had provided access to private medical health checks to all employees
  • 21% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had banned all travel
  • 30% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had begun to implement reduced working times
  • 31% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had suspended work-related events for large groups
  • 33% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore asked those that have travelled to high risk areas to work remotely for 14 days

After the WHO officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic:

  • 12% of firms with over 5,000 employees across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had done nothing according to their employees
  • 48% of firms with over 5,000 employees across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had issued a message of concern to all workers
  • 44% of firms with over 5,000 employees across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had issued a policy on how they were dealing with it according to their employees
  • 48% of firms with over 5,000 employees across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had offered health tips for minimizing the risk and advice for self-quarantine
  • 34% of firms with over 5,000 employees across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had offered the opportunity to work remotely to all those concerned
  • 19% of firms with over 5,000 employees across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had provided access to private medical health checks to all employees
  • 22% of firms with over 5,000 employees across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had banned all travel
  • 25% of firms with over 5,000 employees across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had begun to implement reduced working times
  • 34% of firms with over 5,000 employees across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had suspended work-related events for large groups
  • 24% of firms with over 5,000 employees across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had asked those that have traveled to high risk areas to work remotely for 14 days

Results from 4 March to 27 March:

  • Up until 27 March, only 12% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore had done nothing according to their employees
  • Up until 27 March, 42% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore still hadn’t issued a message of concern to all workers
  • Up until 27 March 46% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore still hadn’t issued a policy on how they were dealing with it according to their employees
  • Up until 27 March, 43% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore hadn’t offered health tips for minimising the risk and advice for self-quarantine
  • Up until 27 March, 62% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore hadn’t offered the opportunity to work remotely to all those concerned
  • Up until 27 March, 81% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore hadn’t provided access to private medical health checks to all employees
  • Up until 27 March only 33% had banned all travel
  • Up until 27 March, 75% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore hadn’t begun to implement reduced working times
  • Up until 27 March, 53% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore hadn’t suspended work-related events for large groups
  • Up until 27 March, 64% of firms across UK, UAE, US and Singapore hadn’t asked those that have travelled to high risk areas to work remotely for 14 days

Fielmann Family donates 3 million protective masks to German federal states

Private donation to the federal state governments of Brandenburg, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein

Fielmann has acted early and decidedly, as the coronavirus pandemic spread across Europe. On the basis of a scientific study by Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Martin Exner (University Hospital Bonn), the company has defined hygiene standards that counter the infection risks of COVID-19. According to these standards, a prerequisite for the safe operation of optical and hearing aid retail is a sufficient supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for both customers and employees. PPE includes masks, protective glasses and hand sanitiser.



Consequently, Fielmann has started early on to build up a supply chain for protective masks. By now, the company has contracted millions of masks in the categories FFP2, KN95 and surgical face masks (3 ply). Fielmann also started producing protective glasses according to the requirements of DIN EN 166. The first 20,000 pieces have already been produced and donated to more than 300 hospitals and other medical institutions in Germany. The recipients have been published on the company’s German website at

In many subsequent conversations with medical organisations and the health ministries of the states, it became clear that there is still a big need for PPE in the German healthcare system. This is why the Fielmann Family decided to use the supply chain of Fielmann AG to acquire 3 million protective masks (3 ply) in order to donate 1 million masks to each of the German federal states Brandenburg, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.

Fielmann’s production and logistics centre is located in Brandenburg (Rathenow an der Havel). The company’s head office is based in Hamburg. And Schleswig-Holstein is the Fielmann Family’s home state. This private donation to the German public is carried out by the holding company that bundles the Fielmann AG shares of Günther, Sophie and Marc Fielmann. The masks will be handed over free of charge to the Health Ministries of the respective federal states.

Marc Fielmann, CEO of Fielmann AG, explains: “In times of crisis, politics, business and the society must work together. As an international and well-connected enterprise, Fielmann AG is able to procure large quantities of protective gear at short notice. Because our family business is suffering, too, as a consequence of this crisis, we – as a family – have decided to support the society through our private funds. This way, we can provide the German public with millions of protective masks at short notice without jeopardizing the liquidity of Fielmann AG. This liquidity is needed to safeguard more than 20,000 jobs.”

600,000 protective masks are already available and will be distributed to the states Brandenburg, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. The remaining masks are due to be delivered before the end of next week.

For more information, please contact:
Ulrike Abratis, Head of Corporate Communications, Phone: +49 40 270 76 – 457

Coronavirus crisis: UK researchers training dogs to

sniff out COVID-19 virus in humans ….

LONDON — Canines have been used for decades to sniff out drugs, bombs, corpses and even cancer.

Now, a team of British researches are hoping dogs’ keen sense of smell can help detect COVID-19, CNN reports.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is working with specially trained dogs to develop a new kind of coronavirus test, one that doesn’t require a swab, but just a sniff.

The organization recently discovered canines can detect Malaria infections in humans and they are investigating whether the same is true for COVID-19.

The training began in March and researchers are eyeing six weeks as enough to determine if the dogs are up to snuff.


If the tests go well, these “super sniffers” could be deployed to screen up to 250 people per hour for the virus.

According to researchers, the dog tests won’t replace traditional coronavirus testing but will be used as a supplement since COVID-19 tests are in short supply and results can take hours, if not days to come back.

Researchers said the dogs could be used at airports and other public areas in the future to help prevent another outbreak once the current pandemic declines.

When are stimulus checks being sent out?

Here’s how to track your $1,200 payment with a new IRS tool ….

The IRS has launched a ‘Get My Payment’ tracking tool for the $1,200 stimulus checks that it’s sending to most Americans

Checks for millions of Americans, a key part of the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill, started to roll out this week.

That money can’t come soon enough for the more than 16 million people who are suddenly out of a job, and everyone else who’s worried about how to pay their bills, rent and withstand the coronavirus’ economic onslaught.

The Internal Revenue Service will send $1,200 paments to individuals with adjusted gross income below $75,000 and $2,400 to married couples filing taxes jointly who earn under $150,000. The government will also pay $500 per qualifying child.

The payouts — formally dubbed “economic impact payments” — decline above the $75,000/$150,000 threshold and end at $99,000 for indviduals and $198,000 for married couples.

The money will appear automatically in your bank account if the IRS has your account information on file from previous years’ tax returns. If the IRS doesn’t already have your account information, or if you didn’t file taxes in 2018 or 2019, you can submit your information on this website.

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Economic Impact Payments will be distributed automatically to most people by this week, the IRS said. Approximately 80 million Americans will get their payments this week, according to the Treasury Department.

On Wednesday, the IRS launched a tracking tool called “Get My Payment.” The tool will give people an idea on when they can expect a deposit or a check in the mail, the IRS said. It will also tell users if the IRS needs more information, such as bank account information.

The “Get My Payment” tool went live on April 15. That date, up until last month, was the deadline for taxpayers to file their federal income taxes and pay any taxes owed. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pushed the filing and payment deadline back to July 15 as one way to help taxpayers keep money on hand now.

Though 80 million Americans are expected to get their payments this week, others will be getting their checks later in the month and even further into the year. Here’s an estimated timetable, according to federal lawmakers, as of early April.

The IRS plans to send the first wave of payments in the week starting April 13, according to an expected timeline from the House Ways and Means Committee.

The tax authority will transmit the payments via direct deposit, using the banking information it has on file for taxpayers’ 2018 or 2019 tax returns, the timetable said.

That first wave will include Social Security recipients who filed tax returns and included direct deposit information on their returns, according to the House Ways and Means’ estimated timeline.

• The second wave will go to Social Security recipients who did not file 2018 or 2019 returns and receive their benefits through direct deposit.

• In early May, the IRS will start mailing paper checks to households, at a rate of 5 million per week. The paper checks will first go to the households with the lowest adjusted gross incomes, and continue upwards.

It could take up to 20 weeks to mail out all those checks, according to the House Ways and Means’ timetable.

The process could be delayed for several days because President Donald Trump wants his signature to appear on those paper checks, according to a Washington Post report. The Treasury Department told the Washington Post there wouldn’t be any delay as a result of adding Trump’s signature.

The CARES Act stimulus bill devotes $290 billion to the direct payments. The average payment will be $1,523 per household, according to calculations from the Tax Foundation, a right-leaning think tank.

It’s important the remember people are still eligible to receive a stimulus check even if they haven’t filed taxes. Someone might not file federal taxes if they make too little money to report to the IRS. For example, single filers earning below $12,200 last year, and married couples earning $24,400.

The stimulus payments will go to anyone who is a U.S. citizen or resident alien who has a valid Social Security number, could not be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer, and meets the income requirements.

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