As part of NIOSH’s efforts to keep our readers up to date on the CDC and NIOSH COVID-19 response, here is a summary of new information available:
Post-vaccination Considerations for Workplaces
CDC has developed information for workplaces to help them properly evaluate and manage employees who have signs and symptoms after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Occupational health programs and public health officials can use the strategies, which apply to employees working in various settings.
Upper-room Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation
CDC published this new webpage with information on upper-room ultraviolent germicidal irradiation (UVGI), which can be effective at reducing exposures to SARS-CoV-2 in some group settings. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. UVGI uses ultraviolet (UV) energy to kill viral, bacterial, and fungal organisms. Other ventilation strategies, such as fans that bring in outdoor air, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter systems, and open windows, can also help reduce infectious viral particles in the air.
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