February 13, 2020

CDC updates PPE recommendations for COVID-19

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on February 12 updated it personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations for healthcare personnel.

Who needs PPE?

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  • Patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19 infection should wear a facemask during medical evaluations.
  • Healthcare personnel should adhere to standard, contact, and airborne precautions, including the use of eye protection, N95 respirators, gowns, and gloves when caring for patients with COVID-19 infection.

Who does not need PPE?

  • The CDC does not currently recommend the general public use of facemasks. Instead, the agency recommends using everyday preventive actions, such as hand washing, covering a cough, and staying home when sick.


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