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
  • Guidance for Manufacturing Workers and Employers
    CDC and OSHA developed guidance to help manufacturers decrease the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and lower the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace. This guidance outlines prevention practices that can address these challenges and help reduce the risk of transmission of and illness from COVID-19 in manufacturing facilities.
  • Updated Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
    CDC continues to provide updated recommendations for employers responding to COVID-19, including those seeking to resume normal or phased business operations. CDC has updated the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which includes updated strategies that may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings.
  • Industry-Specific Resources
    CDC has published new factsheets and FAQs for workers who may be at risk for exposure to the virus coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Factsheets now are available for waste collectors & recyclers and maritime pilots. FAQs are also now available for wildland firefighters.
  • Critical Infrastructure Sector Response Planning Guidance
    Maintaining critical infrastructure operations during the COVID-19 pandemic is imperative for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. CDC has developed guidance on COVID-19 response planning for the critical infrastructure sector and supplements the existing CDC Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19.

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.

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