Coronavirus in the United States: CDC issues new guidelines for essential workers returning after COVID-19

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WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have new guidelines for essential workers as it takes a small step toward reopening the country.The guidelines apply to essential workers, such as those in the health care industry and food supply, which are within 6 feet of a person who has a confirmed or suspected case of new coronavirus.

CDC director Robert Redfield says employee can return to work as long as he takes his temperature before going to work, wears a face mask at all times and practices social distancing while at work .Redfield said employees should continue to stay at home if they are sick. He also said that employers in these critical industries should take the temperature of a worker before allowing them to return to work.

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Redfield announced the new direction at the White House daily briefing on U.S. efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

The guidelines would not be a foolproof guard against the spread of the infection.

Recent studies have suggested that around 10% of new infections may be triggered by contact with people who are infected but have no symptoms yet. Scientists say it is also possible that some people who develop symptoms and then recover from the virus remain contagious or that some infected and contagious people never develop symptoms.

In an interview last week with a radio station in Atlanta, Redfield cited an estimate that 25% of those infected may not have symptoms. In a press briefing on Sunday, Fauci said that between 25% and 50% of infected Americans have no symptoms. He added, “This is an estimate. I don’t have scientific data yet to say. “

As of Wednesday, the United States had more than 400,000 confirmed cases of infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released new guidelines for essential workers, such as those in the health care and food industries. The advice is focused on when these workers can return to work after being exposed to the new coronavirus.

  • Take your temperature before work.
  • Wear a face mask at all times.
  • Practice social isolation when tasks allow.
  • Don’t stay at work if you get sick
  • Do not share helmets or items used near the face.
  • Do not meet in the break room or other crowded places.

The CDC has also published guidelines for employers in essential industries:

  • Take employee temperature and assess symptoms before you start work.
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning of commonly affected surfaces.
  • Increase the air exchange in the building.
  • Send sick workers home immediately.
  • Test the use of masks to make sure they do not interfere with the workflow.

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