Updated: May 05, 2020
The CDC has put out new guidance for isolation; extending 7 days of isolation to at least 10 days after illness onset. Read more in our Recommendations for Industry.
Stay tuned in for tomorrow’s “Wellness Wednesdays” as we look further at the positive impacts of Wellness Checks.
As a reminder, any human/clinical tests conducted should have appropriate FDA approvals. Tests should always be conducted in a laboratory fully authorized to do clinical diagnostic testing. The user of the test should understand the test’s sensitivities and specificities. Additionally, the tests should be administered by a trained individual.
There are currently no FDA-approved drugs to prevent or treat COVID-19. Please be incredibly wary of companies that are selling “cures.”
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New CDC Data Extends Isolation Recommendations
CDC has issued new data recommending two key changes:
Persons recovering from COVID-19 illness should remain isolated for at least 10 days after illness onset and at least 3 days (72 hours) after recovery. This is an increase from CDC’s previously recommended 7 days.
Those in a critical infrastructure industry may need a more stringent approach, and TAG continues to recommend those who had symptoms of COVID-19 or had a positive COVID-19 test should be tested prior to returning to work if at all possible; if not, a symptom-based strategy with stringent requirements should be used.
The extension was made because CDC found that the virus is still detectable on Day 7, but no longer culturable on Day 9.
CDC’s data and guidance support TAG’s recommendations on testing when possible, for which we noted that there is emerging evidence that people may retest positive for COVID-19 after symptom resolution. So depending on testing availability, TAG is recommending that employees who have either: (a) had a confirmed positive COVID-19 test OR (b) have been medically diagnosed by a health professional with COVID-19 based on symptoms, be tested for COVID-19 and receive a negative test.
Given the continued unknown risk of post-symptomatic transmission, the test-based approach may be more protective than relying on non-test-based strategies. But, to ensure business continuity, employers should seek to facilitate testing arrangements for their employees for the return-to-work process.
Everyone should practice social distancing (more specifically, physical distancing), not only those who are ill or at higher-risk (e.g. older individuals, pre-existing conditions) but also among healthy individuals so we may "flatten the curve".
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As of May 05, 2020 (09:57 ET), there are over 3,606,000 cases (>252,000 deaths) worldwide.
Due to the increasing number of cases in the United States, TAG will move from reporting counts per country to focus on the United States, please see here for the data. For further information regarding worldwide numbers, please refer to John Hopkin University’s aggregate map.
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