CDC: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings

April 14, 2020

AUTHORITY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

DATE PRODUCED: April 9, 2020

TYPE: Guidance/Protocol


  • How do we limit how germs enter the facility?
  • How do we isolate symptomatic patients?
  • How do we protect personnel?
  • How does one apply infection prevention and control for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?

SHORT DESCRIPTION: This CDC interim guidance has been updated based on currently available information about COVID-19 and the current situation in the United States, which includes reports of cases of community transmission, infections identified in healthcare personnel, and shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE). Key concepts include limiting how germs can enter the facility, isolating symptomatic patients as soon as possible, and protecting healthcare personnel.