WashU med students from the classes of 2020-23 banded together to produce a video thanking health-care workers and other essential employees on the Medical Campus.
What does “exposure” mean?
An exposure is defined as:
- Close contact* with an infected, unmasked source patient while not wearing appropriate PPE, including an isolation mask or N95 respirator/PAPR/CAPR, goggles or face shield, gloves and gown within 48 hours before the onset of the patient’s symptoms, or
- Close contact* with an infected source employee who is not wearing appropriate PPE, including an isolation mask, within 48 hours of employee’s symptom onset. If either the source employee or the colleague is wearing a mask this interaction is considered low risk.
*Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period (e.g.,15 minutes) OR having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case. For example, being coughed on.