CDC Issues New Guidelines For Essential Workers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Grant Boone
April 10, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated, interim guidance for "critical infrastructure" employees during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that could have big implications for labor groups, gig economy workers and tech company employees. "Persons who did not display symptoms were not evaluated for COVID-19, which, given increasing evidence of substantial asymptomatic infection, means the size of this cluster might be underestimated".

The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.

The other two were managed as outpatients and recovered. The transmissions - which were traced back to a funeral and a birthday party held three days apart - took place before major social distancing policies were implemented and may have facilitated transmission of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, to the broader Chicago community. The president said this is because no one can predict with all certainty when the threat from COVID-19 will subside.

A family member visited Patient B2.1 at the hospital and "embraced [them], and provided limited personal care, while wearing no personal protective equipment", according to the study.

Back in late February, when the USA thought it had sealed itself off from the coronavirus, a Chicago resident with mild respiratory symptoms went to pay his respects at a funeral as a friend of the family.

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Three days after the funeral, "A1.1" was still experiencing mild symptoms and attended a birthday party attended by nine family members.

The report references other similar events across the country, including two funerals in a small Georgia town that have been linked to more than two dozen coronavirus cases, according to The New York Times. The birthday party followed, where the infected carrier shared food and hugged guests. Two were hospitalized and required ventilation, and both died. A church attendee, who reportedly sat near the three people and also passed the collection plate, tested positive for the virus. Health experts continue to caution Americans to practice social distancing and to avoid returning to their normal activities.

"We can't take care of everyone at once, and we can't keep that low mortality promise if we can't provide the support that our patients need", Landon said.

The CDC wrote that the patients ranged in age from five to 86 years.

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