September 18, 2020

CDC Reinforces Need for Testing & Self-Isolation

On September 18th, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, its guidance further reinforced the need to test asymptomatic persons, including close contacts of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection. Viral tests are recommended to diagnose acute infection of both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, to guide contact tracing, treatment options, and isolation requirements.

The CDC recommends, “If you have been in close contact, such as within 6 feet of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection for at least 15 minutes and do not have symptoms. You need a test…Pending test results, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home.”

Practical Application for Employers? If you have developed policies, procedures and/or guidelines for your employees, ensure you are updating them in consideration of evolving federal, state and local guidance.