COVID-19 Q&A Forum

Forum articles consist of pertinent questions and answers to COVID-19 as it relates to the practice of occupational and environmental medicine.  This Forum is not intended to address to personal medical questions; for the most current, detailed, and applicable information, please contact an occupational health professional. 

Disclaimer: The Forum does not necessarily represent an official ACOEM position. The Forum is intended for health professionals and is not intended to provide medical or legal advice, including illness prevention, diagnosis or treatment, or regulatory compliance. Such advice should be obtained directly from a physician and/or attorney. Questions are answered with the best available data or recommendations at the time. 

This content is peer-reviewed by the ACOEM COVID-19 Workgroup: Beth Baker, MD, MPH; Michael Fischman, MD, MPH; Judith Green McKenzie, MD, MPH; Phil Harber, MD, MPH; Natalie Hartenbaum, MD, MPH; Marilyn Howarth, MD; Warner Hudson, MD; Michael Levine, MD, MPH; Gordon Manin, MD, MPH; Ismail Nabeel, MD, MPH, MS; Gregg Stave, MD, JD, MPH; and Melanie Swift, MD, MPH

Additional Contributors 

Questions were curated from the OEM community and through the COVID-19 Ask the Experts online form. The COVID-19 Q&A Forum is edited by Ismail Nabeel, MD, MPH and Michael Fischman, MD, MPH. For inquiries, please email

ACOEM's COVID-19 Q&A Forum closed to new inquiries on March 1, 2021. The Forum will remain on the website as a reference tool.

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Peer Reviewed responses displayed below with newest article on top:

Have surveillance testing guidelines (spirometry, audiometry) been updated in response to new COVID variants with increased transmissibility?

Question N2, Version 1.0, February 2, 2021

What are key considerations in preparing a COVID-19 vaccine policy for a multinational non-healthcare, non-critical infrastructure employer?

Question J2, Version 1.0, December 29, 2020

What are your thoughts about testing following high risk travel? Should testing be done within 72h of travel or should that employee wait 5 days after his/her travel?

Question F2, Version 1.0, October 19, 2020