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

Updated CDC Guidance on the Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID-19
CDC recently updated their interim guidance for Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 Not in Healthcare Settings. This updated guidance recommends using symptom-based criteria, instead of a test-based strategy, to determine when to discontinue home isolation of persons with COVID-19, except in certain circumstances.

Medicolegal Death Investigators Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
CDC has published FAQs for Medicolegal Death Investigators that address questions such as: what initial information should investigators gather to assess the potential risk for COVID-19, what considerations can guide investigators when planning to conduct on-scene investigations, what PPE should investigators wear when COVID-19 is known or suspected, what actions should investigators take after conducting an on-scene investigation, and what should investigators know about transportation of the decedent in cases of known or suspected COVID-19.

Summary Strategies to Optimize the Supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during Shortages
This quick reference table summarizes CDC’s strategies to optimize personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies in healthcare settings and provides links to CDC’s full guidance documents on optimizing supplies. These strategies offer a continuum of options using the framework of surge capacity when PPE supplies are stressed, running low, or absent.

Translations for Manufacturing Facility Resources
CDC has translated two quick reference guides for manufacturing facilities: Key Strategies for Employerspdf icon and Tips for Employeespdf icon. Now available in 13 languages, these guides provide recommendations and strategies for preventing COVID-19 in manufacturing facilities. These printable one-page flyers may be found on the Manufacturing Facility Assessment Toolkit webpage.

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