Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidance for Frontline Staff
It is important for those who work with the public to understand how to protect their health and that of the people they serve while at work. The document below provides guidance for staff on ways to protect themselves, behaviors and personal protective equipment.
Face Coverings Guidance
The Boston Public Health Commission is encouraging people to wear a face covering when they leave their home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. People still need to continue to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene, even when wearing a face covering. Wearing a face covering may help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Boston residents are also urged to stay home as much as possible, especially if sick.
The following document contains guidance on how and why you should wear face coverings to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Guidance for Home Care Workers
2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is a new respiratory virus. COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person. It is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on people who are nearby (within 6 feet). It may also be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. An infected person without any symptoms can also spread COVID-19, but it is still unclear how this works. This is one reason people are encouraged to wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible.
This guidance document below applies to all home care workers, including personal care aides, home health aides, hospice workers, home health nursing assistants, home health therapists, and home health nurses.