The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now cut down its recommendation this Monday for the time of quarantines and isolations of people who test positive for the covid virus.
Previously the CDC had recommended an isolation time period of 10 days for those who tested positive but had no symptoms, but the fresh guidance orders those people to stay isolated for only five days if they are completely vaccinated.
“Given what we now know about COVID-19 and this Omicron variant, CDC is shrinking the isolation time from 10 days for those with COVID-19 down to five days, if without symptoms, followed by another five days of wearing a mask when around others,” read a comment from the CDC.
The CDC statement went on to reveal why these change was made.
“The change is motivated by the science showing that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission happens early in the course of the illness, usually in the 1-2 days before the appearance of symptoms and the next 2-3 days after that,” the CDC stated. “Therefore, those who tested positive should isolate themselves for five days and, if without symptoms, they can leave this isolation if they can use a mask for five days to minimize the risks of infecting other people.”
The CDC also said that those who are completely vaccinated and boosted might not need to quarantine at all after getting exposed to somebody infected with the covid-19 virus.
“People who got their booster shot don’t need to quarantine after exposure, but should use a mask for 10 days after getting exposed,” the statement said.
The CDC reiterated its previous recommendation that people who are able to get vaccinated should be vaccinated.
The U.S. is experiencing yet another spike in coronavirus infections in recent weeks. The seven-day average of fresh infections has gone over 215,000, a rate right under the previous spike in January 2021 of 230,000 new infections.
Officials say a great part of these new infections are because of the Omicron variant.
Author: Steven Sinclaire