Should I wear a mask?
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have asked people to wear cloth masks when they’re in public doing essential tasks. Mask facts:
- Medical masks are in short supply in Colorado and around the world.
- Don’t let a cloth mask give you a false sense of security.
- To reduce the spread of COVID-19, it’s critical to stay home as much as possible.
- If you must go out, in addition to wearing a cloth mask, please practice physical distancing — staying at least 6 feet away from other people — and wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water as often as possible.
- Sick people should stay home. If they must go out, such as to receive medical care, they should wear masks so they can avoid sneezing or coughing on others.
- Focus on your hands. Even if you are wearing a cloth mask, your hands can get the virus on them. If you then scratch your nose or touch your mouth under a cloth mask, you can get infected. People wearing masks and gloves may also touch their eyes and inadvertently infect themselves.
- “A mask is only as good as it fits on the face,” said Michelle Barron, an expert on infectious diseases and medical director for Infection Control and Prevention at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital,
- In order to be effective, masks need to fit tightly around the nose and cheeks and must cover a person’s chin.
What can employers do to manage the risk of exposure and improve safety and health in the workplace?
We recommend visiting the General Business Frequently Asked Questions page on the CDC website. The CDC covers a multitude of employer related topics to include Healthy Business Operations, Cleaning and Disinfection in the Workplace, Reducing the Spread of Covid-19 in the Workplace, etc.
Is antibody testing currently available for asymptomatic patients who need clearance to return to work or before starting a new job?
UCHealth offers antibody testing through our COVID-19 Employer Solutions Program.
Is COVID-19 testing available for my employees through your program?
UCHealth offers COVID-19 testing for symptomatic patients seen by our medical providers. In addition, employers participating in our COVID-19 Employer Solutions Program may send employees for testing who need clearance to return to work or begin employment. Employers can be billed directly for the testing. Our testing sites require an order from a UCHealth medical provider at the time of collection.