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New CDC Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings

April 3, 2020 – CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.

In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

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  • The Alameda County Public Health Department COVID-19 FAQs are very thorough.
  • Note that violation of or failure to comply with Alameda’s Shelter In Place Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code § 120295, et seq.)
  • Do your part to slow the spread by social distancing — avoid contact with others at all times and keep six feet away from everyone not in your household.
  • Avoid ALL social gatherings 
  • Wash your hands regularly through the day for more than 20 seconds. CDC Hand Washing guidelines.
  • Work from home and stay home
  • Limit your shopping trips to once a week
  • Do not panic about a shortage of goods– grocery stores will remain open and the food supply chain is strong. Panic buying and hoarding is not necessary and it may leave your neighbors without the goods they may need.
  • Get regular exercise, preferably at least 30 mins per day, outside when possible, while maintaining a safe distance from others.
  • Tips for exercising at home from
  • If necessary, if working on location or at a place of business, make sure to conduct regular environmental cleaning, i.e. wipe down with cleaning solution, sanitize workspace and make sure employees are washing hands on a regular basis — gloves provide a false sense of security.
  • Have soap and paper towels in bathrooms at all times.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel
  • California EDD has issued updated guidance on issues beyond unemployment insurance (e.g. caregiving for ill family members). CLICK HERE for that updated guidance.  
  • California’s Department of Industrial Relations has issued updated guidance on what employers are expected to do to help promote hygiene/safety in the workplace. CLICK HERE for that updated guidance.
  • Marketing – It’s critical to communicate openly with your customers about the status of your operations, what protective measures you’ve implemented, and how they (as customers) will be protected when they visit your business. Promotions may also help incentivize customers who may be reluctant to patronize your business.
  • Consider providing in-home services i.e. provide free delivery, etc.
  • Share best practices with other people and businesses in your communities (especially those in your supply chain), chambers of commerce, and associations to improve community response efforts.