Coronavirus Disease-2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named “coronavirus disease 2019” or “COVID-19”) that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance, on the CDC website. The purpose of this page is to highlight resources available for the protection of workers.

What's New

Investigating and responding to COVID-19 cases in non-healthcare work settings: Considerations for state and local health departments
Workplaces can present unique challenges for COVID-19 investigation and public health action. Because physical distancing may be difficult in some workplaces, and many jobs involve a high level of in-person interaction with the public, the virus could spread easily among workers and to members of the public in these settings. CDC has developed a toolkit for reviewing and recognizing both workplace (e.g. work environment, practices, policies, and processes) and workforce (e.g., language or literacy barriers) characteristics that are recommended for consideration during investigations and public health actions in work settings. This toolkit can help state and local health departments, as well as occupational safety and health professionals, more effectively investigate and respond to COVID-19 cases in non-healthcare work settings.

Protecting Seafood Processing Workers from COVID-19
Interim guidance is now available to help the seafood processing industry decrease the spread and impact of COVID-19 in the workplace. This guidance outlines recommended actions employers can take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in both onshore and offshore seafood processing worksites.

Manufacturing Facility Assessment Toolkit
A new Manufacturing Facility Assessment Toolkit is now available for occupational safety and health professionals and state and local public health officials to assess COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures at manufacturing facilities. Resources for these facilities’ overall hazard assessment and control plans are included.  This toolkit is based on CDC and OSHA interim guidance: Manufacturing Workers and Employers.

New Fact Sheets for Banks
New fact sheets for bank employers and employees are now available. These fact sheets provide guidance on measures to take to protect against COVID-19 while at work.

Businesses

The following interim guidance is for: businesses and employers, public health authorities, and administrators of childcare programs and K-12 schools to help prevent exposures and spread of COVID-19.

Manufacturing

Guidance for industry employees and employers on prevention practices that can address the challenges and help reduce the risk of transmission of and illness from COVID-19.

Healthcare Settings

Infection prevention and control procedures follow the hierarchy of controls approach. This approach includes engineering controls, administrative controls (or changes in work practices), and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE), which are all necessary to prevent infections from spreading.

The interim infection prevention and control recommendations linked immediately below are intended only for: healthcare settings, home care, emergency medical services systems and 911 call centers, law enforcement personnel, and those responsible for the collection and submission of postmortem specimens from deceased persons.

Laboratories

General and specific biosafety guidelines for workers handling COVID-19 specimens are provided in the interim guidance, listed below.

Transportation

Interim recommendations for the commercial airline industry including crew on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are provided below. Also, provided is interim guidance on how to prevent, detect, and manage COVID-19 infections for ships originating from, or stopping in, the United States.

Personal Protective Equipment Resources

Healthcare personnel should refer to interim infection prevention and control recommendations and guidance for caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19  for additional guidance related to PPE recommendations.

Non-healthcare personnel should refer to the interim guidance for conserving and extending filtering facepiece respirator supply.

To understand the difference between surgical masks and N95 respirators and to learn more about N95 respirators recommendations, including a list of NIOSH-Approved N95 Respirators, the following resources are available:

To learn how to properly put on and fit a respirator, the following resources are available:

To track how quickly personal protective equipment is being used, download and use our free calculator:

Page last reviewed: February 18, 2020