CDC releases detailed guidelines for reopening America

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released detailed guidelines — in the form of a 60-page document — for reopening schools, mass transit, and businesses that had been shut down in an attempt to flatten the curve of the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.

CDC releases detailed guidelines for reopening America

Berkeley Lovelace Jr. for CNBC:

The plan outlines a “three-phased approach” for reducing social distancing and proposes the use of six “gating” indicators to assess when to move through another phase. The gating indicators include decreases in newly reported COVID-19 cases and emergency room visits as well as a “robust” testing program.

“While some communities will progress sequentially through the reopening phases, there is the possibility of recrudescence in some areas,” the CDC wrote in its guidance. “Given the potential for a rebound in the number of cases or level of community transmission, a low threshold for reinstating more stringent mitigation standards will be essential.”

The agency said some amount of community mitigation will be necessary until a vaccine or effective treatment for COVID-19 is widely available.

Last month, President Donald Trump unveiled an 18-page plan for “Opening Up America Again,” also laying out three phases to incrementally loosen restrictions on businesses and individuals.

MacDailyNews Note: Read the CDC’s guidelines below:

Read President Trump’s guidelines below:


  1. Releasing the guidelines now may be useful, but not as much as if they had been released when they were written six to eight weeks ago, before each of the 50 states was forced to develop their own policies without national coordination or guidance. When you are dealing with something that will grow exponentially without mitigation, how to mitigate is absolutely crucial and any delay costs lives.

  2. Recently I’ve noticed the term “…a vaccine or effective treatment” rather than vaccine is being used worldwide as a positive outcome for the virus.

    Likewise there is in an increasing focus on treatment of the virus rather than eradication as a viral outcome. My point is don’t hold your breath for a vaccine anytime soon rather, it is anti-retroviral outcomes that hold the promise of being applied in the near term.

    If you want to eradicate the virus you’ll need 7.4 billion doses otherwise it may mutate but if you want to control the virus then anti-retroviral applications are only needed in extreme medical situations, that is on needs basis.

    With a vaccine you basically have to start from scratch whereas many anti-retrovirals are pre-existing drugs which quite often have already been tested and we know what the side effects are. A pre-existing drug or a combination of these drugs are easier to apply than developing a brand new vaccine (the silver bullet).

  3. Good luck U.S.! You’ve already got about 29% of the world’s COVID deaths with only 4.25% of the world’s population, so I hope it doesn’t get worse. Fingers crossed for you.

      1. So? China isn’t the only other country in the world, and the U.S.’s 287 deaths per million of population certainly isn’t what I’d call good. It’s about 70 times as many deaths per million as the country I live in, and it does announce accurate numbers (as much as one can trust any of the reported numbers). I’m glad I can send my best wishes from a distance.

  4. Who can really believe anything the CDC says now anyways. First they tell you don’t wear masks. Then they tell you wear them but not N95 ones, which are the only ones that truly protect you. Now you have the mask nazis that basically shame you into trying to wear an ineffective mask no matter what. That is right, your silly cloth and surgical masks are NOT effective in retaining your infected pus breath or preventing somebody who sneezes on you from catching the virus. I dont believe any of them at all, the flip flopping idiots.

    1. As the CDC has been saying all along, masks do not help the wearer much. He should not be so close to somebody else as to pick up drops big enough for the mask to stop (unless he is a first responder or the like). Where masks help is in keeping an infected wearer—including one who does not know he is infected—from producing droplets that hang in the air and then settle onto a surface that somebody else might touch.

    2. The surgical masks are usually three ply and will pretty much prevent your droplets from infecting someone else unless they are really close to you. However as you correctly pointed out surgical masks have absolutely NO protection against someone coughing or sneezing on you.

      What is also a concern is that most people wouldn’t have a clue as to how to don a mask. This is what you do:

      Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (including between the fingers as well as soaping into the fingernails, the back of the hands and onto the wrists. Cold water is absolutly fine to use as a clean and then final rinse. An alternative is hand sanitiser and using the same method. Use a liberal amount (more is better).
      Place the mask on via the ties NOT any part of the mask.
      Do NOT touch the mask with your hands at all whilst you are wearing it. If you do that then you might as well throw it away.
      If the mask gets moist from your breath then throw it away and start again.
      Do not pull the mask away from your nose because this defeats the purpose.
      If the mask you wer is a surgical type then trow it away after use. I can’t comment on the designer ones but they do look cool; but cool and COVID-19 isn’t really important.

      As the virus can be transmitted from the stool (it may be present in your gut but you don’t get infected as it is an upper respiratory infection) so it is essential that you wash you hands as per the aforementioned method after toiletry use.

      And as a final piece of advice, if in doubt, wash your hands as much as possible (and what may be controversial for some Americans) keep away from crowds. Remember if you infect someone the people who are really at risk are the elderly, those with co-morbidity conditions AND front-line health workers who cop a heap of the virus in the course of their daily work. Believe me you don’t want to be intubated because you have a one in four chance of dying and those are terrible odds.

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