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CDC says COVID-19 patients only need to be isolated for five days until symptoms go away

CDC says COVID-19 patients only need to be isolated for five days until symptoms go away

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that people who test positive for COVID-19 only need to isolate for five days until their symptoms stop. , The agency said in a statement that the change in isolation guidelines from 10 days to five days is based on data showing the number of days before and after symptoms appear in people with COVID-19. is likely to be contagious to others during

The CDC said people should wear masks around others for an additional five days after being released from isolation.

The CDC also said on Monday that people who have not received a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine but received a second dose of mRNA vaccine six months ago, or who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two months ago, They should quarantine. Five. day if they come in contact with someone with COVID-19. This is a change from previous guidelines, which stated that people who have been fully vaccinated need not be quarantined if they have come into contact with a person with the disease.

Changes to isolation guidelines for people sick with COVID-19 The CDC mandates that health care workers only need to isolate for seven days if they test positive for the virus. The United Kingdom also shortened its recommended isolation period to seven days, as long as people test negative on the sixth and seventh days.

Today's new CDC guidelines for the general public in the United States do not include a recommendation to take a test at the end of the five-day isolation period.

The highly contagious Omicron variant is causing an unprecedented increase in COVID-19 cases, and in many places, more people are testing positive for the virus every day than ever before. As a result, the CDC faced pressure from various industries, including airlines, to reduce isolation periods to reduce staff shortages from those who tested positive and those missing from work for ten days.

Public health experts say a short isolation period is supported by research on the virus. However, people should really be fine if they are going to return to everyday activities. "What I don't want to see is people being used as an excuse to come back when they're unwell," says Megan Rainey, an emergency physician and associate dean in the School of Public Health at Brown University. , told the New York Times.

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