CDC publishes flowcharts to help communities and businesses weighing whether to reopen

CDC publishes flowcharts to help communities and businesses weighing whether to reopen
1918 flu pandemic (Image: CDC)

[Ed. – Ooh, très scientifique!]

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published six “decision trees” Thursday aimed at helping businesses, communities, schools, camps, daycares and mass transit decide whether it’s safe to re-open.

The one-page decision trees are much shorter than a much-anticipated, lengthy and detailed document that has been delayed at least once.

The six documents posted on the CDC’s website Thursday provide step-by-step guidance advising employers, for instance, to encourage social distancing, handwashing and intensified cleaning.

They do not provide any detailed advice on when it would be safe for schools or business to open — only questions to ask before making any decisions.

“The purpose of this tool is to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers.

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