Health care workers are stepping up their efforts to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their patients, and the new guidelines for health care workers will help them do that.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual update on health care and safety guidelines for federal health care providers Tuesday, in an effort to better prepare people for the possible impact of the Zika virus pandemic.
The updated guidelines are based on data gathered in 2016 and will be used for the first time in 2020.
“It is very important to look at this as a precautionary measure and not to assume that all of these interventions will be successful,” said Dr. David Tannenbaum, a physician who works in emergency medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and was not involved in the guidelines.
He said that the guidelines were important to ensure that health care employees are aware of what to look out for, and how to respond to potentially serious or life-threatening situations, and to ensure they have the proper resources to support patients during these times.
“If you don’t have the appropriate training, the person you are working with will be exposed to this, and that person may or may not survive,” he said.
The guidelines include information on the symptoms of a Zika-related death, the symptoms associated with a heart attack, symptoms associated to an electrolyte imbalance, and a possible blood clot in the brain.
They also recommend that all workers wear protective clothing when working with the virus, including masks and gloves, and should be tested regularly.
The CDC recommends that workers who have been exposed to the virus take at least one course of antibiotics.
The agency also said that if a worker has a history of respiratory infection, they should avoid contact with the person who is infected, and if a person has a temperature above 101 degrees, they need to stay at home.
A number of countries have already started allowing workers to travel outside of the US, but the new guidance will require them to be tested and have their temperatures monitored, and for those who have symptoms of Zika, to get tested and receive an additional course of anti-infective medication.
The guidance also recommends that if an employee has recently been exposed, that worker also undergoes a course of blood tests.
It said that workers should avoid travel to the US and to other countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and South America for at least 30 days after the end of any work trip, and three weeks after a work trip ends.
In addition, health care worker training will be expanded to include training on how to detect and treat Zika and other infections.
Tannenba said the updated guidelines could lead to an increase in the number of people working in the United States who become infected with Zika.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty about whether this virus is going to spread here, but it is possible that we’re going to see an increase,” he added.
“There’s just so much uncertainty.”
There have been at least 11 cases of Zika in the U.S. and Canada.
There have also been more than 1,800 confirmed cases of the virus in other countries, including the United Kingdom and Argentina.
The Centers for Diseases Control and Protection said on Monday that it has detected the virus at an outbreak level in the continental United States, in Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
In the U: The U.K., South Carolina and Tennessee have confirmed 1,788 cases of severe and confirmed Zika infection; there are 2,742 confirmed cases in Mexico, 1,818 in China, 1