CDC issues new guidelines for essential workers exposed to coronavirus


On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines to help workers who have been exposed to coronavirus in critical areas return to work faster.

Under the old directive, workers had to stay home for 14 days if they were exposed to someone who tested positive for coronavirus.

The new guidelines will allow critical workers who have been exposed to return to work as long as they are asymptomatic and to follow conditions such as taking their temperature before going to work, wearing a face mask at all times and practicing as much as possible. social distance at work.

The new guidance aims to allow health care workers, food supply workers and others in critical areas to return to work earlier, until they show symptoms.

“One of the most important things we can do is keep our critical workforce on the job,” CDC director Robert Redfield said during the release of the new guidelines at a media briefing. of the White House.

The guidelines also call on employers to take measures such as sending workers home immediately if they are sick and to try to increase air exchange in the workplace.

Amid the emphasis on critical workers, the Senate Democrats are also calling for a “Hero Fund” to raise the wages of those who have to stay at work to keep society running, up to $ 25,000.


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