Posted April 9, 2020

New Covid-19 exposure guidance

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the new directives April 8, 2020 that changes protocol for employees exposed to other employees diagnosed with Covid-19, reports the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA).

In short, the employees considered exposed are those who had contact with the ill employee during the time the employee had symptoms and 2 days prior to symptoms. 

Further, the CDC no longer suggests quarantining this group of exposed employees for 14 days. Rather, they are allowed to come to work and should wear a mask for 14 days while maintaining social distancing. If they have any sign of sickness, they must be sent home. 

Also, there is a shorter recommended look-back period. The CDC now recommends looking for exposure two days before symptoms started rather than the five or seven days public health departments were recommending.

The new guidance for employers includes:

Take employees’ temperature and assess for symptoms prior to their starting work.

Increase the frequency of cleaning commonly touched surfaces.

Increase air exchange in the building.

Send sick workers home immediately.

Test the use of face masks to ensure they don’t interfere with workflow.