CDC issues new guidelines for essential workers during coronavirus

A graffiti representing a nurse by artist David "S.I.D." Perez is pictured on a wall as part of a serie to pay tribute to essential workers during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Gland, Switzerland. (Reuters)

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head on Wednesday said essential workers who are asymptomatic after exposure to a confirmed or suspected coronavirus case can return to work, but should wear face masks and take other precautions.

CDC Director Robert Redfield, speaking at a White House briefing, described new CDC guidance intended to accelerate the return to work of employees in essential sectors like healthcare.

Under the previous guidance, such workers were advised to stay home for 14 days if they were exposed to confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases.

Here are the guidelines:

Do take your temperature before work.

Do wear a face mask at all times.

Do practice social distancing as work duties permit.

Don't stay at work if you become sick.

Don't share headsets or objects used near the face.

Don't congregate in the break room or other crowded places.

The CDC also issued guidance for employers in essential industries.

Do take employees' temperature and assess for symptoms prior to their starting work.

Do increase the frequency of cleaning commonly touched surfaces.

Do increase air exchange in the building.

Do send sick workers home immediately.

Do test the use of face masks to ensure they don't interfere with workflow.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:06 - GMT 11:06
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