In 2021, Tip of the Week

Lately, some of us spend a lot of time researching the latest guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-19. And media sources quote them frequently. What do you know about these guidelines? Answers are at the bottom. Here’s a link in case you want to check it out for yourself.

1.True or False: The three steps in COVID-19 prevention are (1) face coverings, (2) social distancing, and (3) vigorous handwashing.

2.  How many days might it take for the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to appear after an exposure?

3.  Everyone is talking about self-screening. According to the current CDC recommendations, what are the four questions to answer for self-screening?

4.  According to the latest CDC guidance, your face covering should be at least how many layers thick?

5. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, how long does the CDC recommend you should self-isolate?

6. According to the CDC, what constitutes an exposure to COVID-19?

7.  If you are at home and think you have COVID-19, what should you do?

8.  You are going to be transported in a work vehicle. How many feet of distance should you maintain between you and others per the CDC?

9.  When can you take off your mask at work?

10.  True or False? When disinfecting a surface, if it is dirty, it must be cleaned first before it can be disinfected.


1. True. The three steps in COVID-19 Prevention are (1) face coverings, (2) social distancing, and (3) hand washing.

2. It takes 2 – 14 days for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to appear after an exposure.

3. Self-screening includes answering these questions:

·      Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?
·      Do you have a fever equal to or higher than 100.4oF?
·      Are you under evaluation for COVID-19 (for example, waiting for the results of a viral test)?
·      Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 and not yet cleared to discontinue isolation?

4. Face coverings should be at least two layers thick.

5. The CDC recommends self-isolating at least 10 days after symptoms first appeared and at least 24-hours after a fever has gone down without medication, and most symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. (Note: the loss of taste or smell may linger for a few months).

6. An exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of anyone with the disease for a cumulative 15 minutes without a mask.

7. If you have not reported to work, and think you have been exposed or have symptoms, you should contact your immediate manager/supervisor and your personal healthcare provider.

8. While inside a vehicle, you should maintain at least three feet apart.

9. A mask can be removed while eating or drinking, when alone in an office or vehicle, or when working outside, away from others.

10.  True. Dirty surfaces must be cleaned with soap and water before they can be disinfected.
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