The Centers for Disease Controls (CDC) specifically recommends that employers immediately send home employees who appear to have symptoms of any acute respiratory illness. Employers should also investigate symptoms by asking the employee about their symptoms to keep an open environment of communication. Employers should try to assess if employees came into contact with other employees and send home employees who may be exposed for 14 days. Employers should encourage employees to stay home if they have been exposed to someone who has any illness and stay home until fever or other symptoms have subsided for at least 24 hours. Employers should not share names of individuals who may have contracted an illness. You may require a “fit for duty” certification or verification from a doctor, but that may not be realistic considering healthcare facilities may be overwhelmed. 

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