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