The CDC release updated guidance on the use of cloth face coverings. This guidance recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing of at least 6 feet is difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The use of simple cloth face coverings is intended to help slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
Do not use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker.
Wearing a face covering in public does NOT minimize the need to practice physical distancing and handwashing. These will still be our greatest tools for helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Recommendations on cloth face coverings:
What does self isolation mean?
If you recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 but feel healthy, stay home and monitor your health until 14 days after your last exposure.
Close contact is defined as being less than 6 feet away from someone for more than 15 minutes.
If you develop symptoms during this time, follow the self-isolation guidance list above.
What does quarantine mean?
For Critical Infrastructure Workers
To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.
Learn more about guidance for this group here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/critical-workers-implementing-safety-practices.pdf
Travel in the United States:
If you are thinking of traveling away from your local community, use this resource to help you plan your trip.
There is widespread, ongoing transmission of novel coronavirus worldwide (see Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice). If you have traveled internationally in the past 14 days, stay home and monitor your health.