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Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites that can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. Some are transmitted by animal and insect bites; others are acquired by contaminated food and water, or by being exposed to organisms in the environment. Many infectious diseases, such as measles and chickenpox, can be prevented by vaccines. Frequent and thorough hand-washing also helps protect you from most infectious diseases.

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    • Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
      Guía sobre la Preparación de los Lugares de Trabajo para el virus COVID-19
      La Administración de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional (OSHA, sus siglas en inglés) desarrolló esta guía de planificación contra el COVID-19 basándose en prácticas tradicionales de higiene industrial y de prevención de infecciones. Se enfoca en la necesidad de que los empleadores implementen controles de ingeniería, administrativos y de prácticas de trabajo y el uso de equipo de protección personal (EPP), así como tomar las consideraciones para así hacerlo.
      Spanish  03/25/2020
    • Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
      The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.
      English  03/19/2020
    • Oregon Guidance for Healthcare Personnel on Use of Personal Protective Equipment in Resource-Constrained Settings
      Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (e.g. masks, gowns and gloves) protects healthcare personnel who are taking care of ill patients. Widespread use of PPE during the current COVID-19 pandemic has led to shortages of PPE, especially N95 respirators and facemasks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued recommendations1 on the use of PPE in general, as well as in resource-constrained environments. Implementing these recommendations locally depends on the epidemiology of COVID-19 and the current status of available resources.
      English  04/06/2020
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