CONSIDERATIONS FOR RETURNING TO WORK
Do you have or think you might have COVID-19, or have you been around someone who has the virus?
If you have or think you might have COVID-19, you should isolate, whether or not you have symptoms. Learn what isolation means and when you can be around others after being sick.
If you might have been exposed to COVID-19, you should stay home. This is called quarantine. Learn when to start and end quarantine.
Are you or someone in your household at increased risk of severe illness? You may need to take extra precautions.
If you are at increased risk for severe illness, check with your employer to see if there are policies and practices in place to reduce your risk at work, like telework or modified job responsibilities.
Are you the primary caregiver for your child or someone else? If so, here are some things to think about:
If someone else will be taking care of your child, ask them to review information about caring for children.
If someone else will be providing care for a household member that is at increased risk of severe illness or needs extra precautions, ask them to review this information.
Are there ways you can minimise the number of people you interact with?
In addition to any measures your business may have implemented to reduce your risk (e.g., installed barriers), take additional steps to minimise the number of people you interact with.
Interacting with more people raises your risk since some people may have the virus and not know it since they have no symptoms.
Can you have virtual meetings to limit the number of in-person interactions?
When interacting with other people, are policies in place for colleagues or customers to wear a mask and to keep 6 feet of space between others?
What’s the length of time that you will be interacting with people?
Spending more time with people who may be infected increases your risk of becoming infected.
Spending more time with people increases their risk of becoming infected if there is any chance that you may already be infected.
“Considerations for returning to work” was published by the CDC on August 25, 2020