Critical workers exposed to coronavirus should take precautions to return to work – CDC manager

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said on Wednesday that critical asymptomatic workers after exposure to a confirmed or suspected coronavirus case may return to work, but should wear masks and take other precautions .

CDC director Robert Redfield, during a briefing at the White House, described the CDC’s new directions to speed up the return to work of employees in essential sectors like health care.

According to previous guidelines, these workers were to stay at home for 14 days if they were exposed to confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus.

The new directive says asymptomatic workers can return to work if they take their temperature before doing so and wear masks and social distancing at work, said Redfield during a White House briefing. “We don’t want them to share things that touch their faces and we don’t want them to congregate in rest rooms, dining rooms and crowded places,” he said. (Report by Jonathan Landay; Edited by Sandra Maler)

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