Current Respiratory Virus Guidance

Comments on respiratory viruses, illness, and attendance at work

Employees who are experiencing illness should take steps to care for themselves including following guidance from their healthcare provider. For employees who have a respiratory virus, including COVID-19, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Bates follows the current CDC guidance, which was announced on March 1, 2024. Specifically, employees may return to normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, symptoms are getting better overall, and there is no fever. The CDC encourages added precaution over the next five days, including the use of masks. If you develop a fever or you start to feel worse after you have gone back to normal activities, stay home and away from others again until, for at least 24 hours, your symptoms are improving overall, and you have not had a fever. Good judgment should dictate work attendance and any involvement in your community. We encourage employees to follow the CDC guidelines on staying home when sick. The CDC also has helpful references regarding the differences between the flu and COVID-19, and between the flu and colds.

The CDC reminds us that “the single best way to reduce the risk of seasonal flu and its potentially serious complications is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like avoiding people who are sick, covering your cough, and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like flu.” (Healthy Habits to Help Protect Against Flu | CDC)