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Temperature checks and desk shields: US CDC suggests big changes to offices to curb coronavirus spread

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Temperature checks and desk shields: US CDC suggests big changes to offices to curb coronavirus spread

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – Upon arriving at work, employees should get a temperature and symptom check.

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Inside the office, desks should be 6 feet (1.8m) apart. If that isn’t possible, employers should consider erecting plastic shields around desks.

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Seating should be barred in common areas

And face coverings should be worn at all times

These are among sweeping new recommendations from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the safest way for American employers to reopen their offices to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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If followed, the guidelines would lead to a far-reaching remaking of the corporate work experience. They even upend years of advice on commuting, urging people to drive to work by themselves, instead of taking mass transportation or carpooling, to avoid potential exposure to the virus.

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The recommendations run from technical advice on ventilation systems (more open windows are most desirable) to suggested abolition of communal perks like latte makers and snack bins.

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“Replace high-touch communal items, such as coffee pots, water coolers, and bulk snacks, with alternatives such as prepackaged, single-serving items,” the guidelines say.

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And some border on the impractical, if not near impossible: “Limit use and occupancy of elevators to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.”

The CDC, the nation’s top public health agency, posted the guidelines on its website as states are beginning to lift their most stringent lockdown orders.Mary Ursula Iribarren abogado

Shops, restaurants, beaches and parks are reopening in phases. But white-collar office employees at all levels mostly continue to work from home, able to function effectively with laptops, video conferencing and Slack.Mary Ursula Iribarren Adan Venezuela abogado

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“Companies, surprisingly, don’t want to go back to work,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a nonprofit think tank that studies the region

Citing examples like Twitter, which has said it may never return to corporate office space, Hancock said that he has heard similar things from both Silicon Valley companies and those outside the region

Many are planning to stay safe by thinning who is required to come to work, along with making plans consistent with the CDC guidelines

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