The COVID‑19 pandemic is caused by the novel SARS‑CoV‑2 virus. SARS‑CoV‑2 is transmitted from person-to-person primarily by inhalation of airborne droplets or nuclei generated by coughing or sneezing; less frequently by contact with freshly contaminated articles and environmental surfaces.14 There currently exist no vaccine or PEP for SARS‑CoV‑2. On April 30, 2020 the CDC updated interim guidance addressing return to work criteria for HCP with confirmed or suspected COVID‑19, summarized as follows:
For symptomatic HCP with suspected or confirmed COVID‑19, exclude from work until:
For HCP with laboratory-confirmed COVID‑19 who have not had any symptoms, exclude from work until:
An infectious disease expert should be consulted in when making return to work decisions for HCP who might remain infectious longer than 10 days (e.g., severely immunocompromised).
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