As part of NIOSH’s efforts to keep stakeholders up to date on the CDC and NIOSH coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response, below is a summary of new information posted this week.
Two New NIOSH Science Blogs are Now Available on Respiratory Protection
- The Blog, Respiratory Protection vs. Source Control – What’s the Difference?, helps readers understand the difference between respiratory protection, which protects the wearer, and source control, which protects others.
- The Blog, Supplementing the Supply of N95s With Reusable Elastomeric Half Mask Respirators, discusses the use of reusable elastomeric half mask respirators (EHMRs) as a substitute for N95 respirators. This comes as organizations rely on other types of respiratory protection due to the high demand and limited supply of N95 respirators during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Update to Wildland Firefighter FAQs
Updates to the Wildland Firefighter FAQs webpage address new concerns, clarify that testing recommendations are relevant to prevent infection and the spread of COVID-19 regardless of test result or exposures, and update the screening terminology to be consistent across the CDC website.
Limiting Workplace Violence Infographic Translated
The webpage Limiting Workplace Violence Associated With COVID-19 Prevention Policies in Retail and Services Businesses has a newly translated infographic. “Basic dos and don’ts for EMPLOYEES to prevent workplace violence” has been translated into eight languages: Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, French, Haitian-Creole, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian.
New Fact Sheets
CDC recently published fact sheets for two additional groups that provide suggestions for preventing the spread of COVID-19