Jun 13, 2020
Vox – At long last, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new Covid-19 pandemic guidance documents to help the public minimize risk while venturing out into public spaces.
The CDC released two new guidance documents Friday.
One is for individuals thinking about leaving the house to engage in activities like going to restaurants, nail salons, gyms, the bank, traveling, and hosting small gatherings like cookouts.
The other lists considerations for event planners (with the disclaimer, “these considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which gatherings must comply.”)
These new documents come as some areas of the country — notably Arizona, Florida, and the Carolinas — are starting to see indications of new Covid-19 spikes, likely due to relaxed social distancing policies that started weeks ago.
Which is to say: Citizens probably could have used them a month ago.
But even now, the CDC’s recommendations are still broadly helpful and useful (although they come with a few omissions). Here are the highlights.
Individuals should wear masks, try to maintain distance from others, and limit the time of their interactions with one another
The main way people are getting sick with SARS-CoV-2 is from respiratory droplets spreading between people in close quarters.
Droplets fly from people’s mouths and noses when they breathe, talk, or sneeze. Other people can breathe them in.
The dose matter: the more you breathe in, the more likely you are to get sick. That’s the main risk, and that’s why face masks are an essential precaution (they help stop the droplets from spewing far from a person’s mouth or nose).
The CDC’s recommendations for individuals take this droplet spread into account, advocating for universal masking, enthusiastic hand-washing, keeping more than 6 feet away from other people, and limiting the amount of time you spend with other people … Read more.