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COVID is on the Rise Again

Here's how to keep safe this fall

With COVID-19 cases rising once again, it may be time to revisit your pandemic-era return-to-office plans.

Hospitalizations from COVID rose more than 15 percent between the week ending August 19 and August 26, 2023, according to data from the CDC. Positive cases are likely to increase in the coming fall and winter months when respiratory viruses typically peak and new variants surface.To minimize the impact of new COVID cases, many businesses and schools across the country have restored temporary masking mandates, The Wall Street Journal reported.

To determine whether mask policies are advisable, companies should keep an eye on local and national transmission rates. The CDC recommends looking at hospital admission levels to help decide what prevention steps to take. When the COVID hospital admission level is medium (10 to 20 new hospital admissions per 100,000 people), those at serious risk of getting sick should wear high-quality masks or respirators (e.g., N95s) when indoors in public. At high admission levels (more than 20 new hospital admissions per 100,000 people), employees should wear a mask, and at-risk individuals should avoid public spaces. The CDC recommends that those who test positive for COVID wear a mask around others for 10 days or until they've tested negative 48 hours apart.

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