From the Document: "Responders can be exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2] virus responsible for COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] by inhaling aerosolized droplets from an infected individualized persons' coughs and sneezes as well as contact with contaminated surfaces with subsequent hand transfer to the mouth, nose, or eyes. First responders may be at increased risk for exposure with potentially sick patients from increased aerosol and fluid volumes and close proximity. For this reason, extra caution in the selection, handling, and cleaning of PPE [personal protective equipment] used by first responders must be exercised. This document discusses a proposed approach for balancing risk while maintaining the highest level of protective posture as the pandemic continues."
The Interagency Board for Emergency Preparedness and Response: https://www.interagencyboard.org/