The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines Wednesday night to get workers in critical fields, such as health care and food supply, exposed to the deadly coronavirus back into the field faster.
Under prior guidelines workers were told to stay home for 14 days if they were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Under new guidelines critical workers can go back to work as long as they are asymptomatic. They will have to follow conditions including taking their temperature before going to work, wearing a face mask at all times, and practice social distancing.
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks as charts are displayed during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The new measures will allow critical workers, such as medical workers, food supply workers, and other essential industries, to get back to work faster than before, as long as they don’t exhibit symptoms.
‘One of the most important things we can do is keep our critical workforce working,’ CDC Director Robert Redfield said while unveiling the new guidelines during a White House news briefing on Wednesday.
Under the new guidelines, employers must send workers home immediately if they are sick or try to increase their working space and air exchange in the work space.
Senate Democrats are now rallying behind these critical employees by calling for a ‘Heroes Fund’ to increase their pay by up to $25,000.