Flowchart for management of HCWs with exposure to a person with COVID-19

Flowchart for management of HCWs with exposure to a person with COVID-19
Updated Oct. 25, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working closely with international partners to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. CDC provides technical assistance to help other countries increase their ability to prevent, detect, and respond to health threats, including COVID-19.

This information is provided by CDC for use in non-US healthcare settings.

Flowchart for management of HCWs with exposure to a person with COVID-19

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  • Contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days:
    • Symptoms of COVID-19?
    • If “Yes,” restrict from work and test for COVID-19
      • If positive, case management
      • If negative, assess exposure risk level
    • If “No,” assess exposure risk level
      • High Risk Exposure:
        • Active monitoring; restrict from work for 14 days after last exposure
        • Develops fever or symptoms?
          • If “Yes,” test for COVID-19
            • If positive, case management
            • If negative, return to Active monitoring
          • If “No,” return to work
      • Low Risk Exposure:
        • Self-monitoring for 14 days after last exposure; no restriction from work
        • Develops fever or symptoms?
          • If “Yes,” restrict from work and test for COVID-19
            • If positive, case management
            • If negative and symptoms resolved, return to Self-monitoring for 14 days after last exposure
          • If “No,” return to work