Coronavirus Coverage

BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 26: A health worker checks the temperature of women entering the subway on January 26, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of coronavirus rose to 1,975 in mainland China on Sunday. Authorities tightened restrictions on travel and tourism this weekend after putting Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, under quarantine on Thursday. The spread of the virus corresponds with the first days of the Spring Festival, which is one of the biggest domestic travel weeks of the year in China. Popular tourism landmarks in Beijing including the Forbidden City, Badaling Great Wall, and The Palace Museum were closed to the public starting Saturday. The Beijing Municipal Education Commission announced it will delay reopening schools from kindergarten to university. The death toll on Sunday rose to 56. The majority of fatalities are in Wuhan where the first cases of the virus were reported last month.(Photo by Betsy Joles/Getty Images)

As health care officials move closer to relaxing coronavirus restrictions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday released a new set of guidelines for essential workers.

  • People who work in the medical or food industries should take their temperature before work
  • Wear a face mask during their shift
  • Practice social distancing
  • Refuse to share headsets or other objects that touch one’s face
  • Avoid congregating in crowded areas like break rooms

The agency has also released new regulations for employers.

  • Assess workers for coronavirus symptoms before each shift and send home those who are sick
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning oft-touched objects
  • Increase air flow in the work environment.