CDC reduces the COVID-19 isolation period for those who are asymptomatic

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced through a press release that the isolation time will be reduced from 10 days to 5 days for people who test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms.

The CDC also updated the quarantine period after a person is in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The factors being considered are whether a person has had the booster shot of the vaccine, the increase in cases due to the Omicron variant and Biden’s message about preventing contagion.

A necessary change?

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Given the rise in infections due to the Omicron variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidelines concerning the isolation and quarantine period for people who are infected or who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

The director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky, announced that she does not believe that the infections with the new variant will decrease and pointed out that the country is about to see many cases of Omicron, according to USA TODAY. On social media, the news has been taken as “a bad decision” by the authorities due to the record number of infections that are being reported.

What are the CDC changes?

CDC reduces isolation period: What are the CDC changes?
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Through a press release, the CDC announced the new guidelines. Previously, it was recommended that people who test positive but are asymptomatic should isolate for a period of 10 days. With the recent change, the recommended isolation period is reduced to only five days. The individual should continue to wear a mask when they are around other people for another five days after that. Was it a good decision? Filed under: CDC Reduces Isolation Period

Why did the CDC change the guidelines?

CDC reduces isolation period: Why did the change happen?
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In the same statement, the CDC explains that they made the modifications due to new scientific findings about the course of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its incubation time. Therefore, it was decided that the prudent thing to do would be to modify the isolation time for people who test positive for the virus but are asymptomatic.

“The change is motivated by science, showing that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of the disease, usually within 1-2 days before the onset of symptoms and 2-3 days later,” the statement says. “Therefore, people who test positive should be isolated for 5 days, and if they are asymptomatic at that time, they can leave the isolation if they can continue with the mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others.” Filed under: CDC Reduces Isolation Period

A new quarantine period?

CDC reduces isolation period: a new quarantine period?
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Another change that the CDC updated is the quarantine time depending on whether people have both the vaccine and the booster. For those who are vaccinated and have received the booster and who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus, they should practice strict mask use for at least five days.

For people who are not vaccinated and have not yet received a booster dose, the CDC now recommends a five-day quarantine followed by strict mask use for an additional five days.” Filed under: CDC Reduces Isolation Period

What if you test positive?

CDC Reduces Isolation Period: What If Quarantine Doesn't Work?
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If you test positive, greater protection measures must be implemented. For example, people should wear masks without exception and, of course, be isolated for 10 days to prevent more infections. The situation is different if the affected person is vaccinated.

“Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when in close proximity to other people for 10 days after exposure.” The CDC added that, “people who have received the booster vaccine do not need to quarantine themselves after an exposure, but they must wear a mask for 10 days after exposure.” Filed under: CDC Reduces Isolation Period

Will testing be necessary?

CDC Reduces Isolation Period: Will Testing Be Necessary?
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The next guideline is about testing to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, people who have been exposed should do done on the fifth day after exposure. If the test comes back positive, individuals will have to follow the CDC’s instructions “to the letter” and quarantine themselves until they are no longer contagious.

“For all those exposed, the best practice also would take a test for SARS-CoV-2 on day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should be quarantined immediately until a negative test confirms that the symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.” Filed under: CDC Reduces Isolation Period

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

What good will the quarantine do?
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People should know that isolation is important to prevent further infections. In addition, the CDC states that if those who may have been exposed are kept in isolation during the stipulated five days, they will be able to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus.

“Isolation is related to behavior after a confirmed infection. Isolation for 5 days followed by a well-fitting mask will minimize the risk of transmitting the virus to other people. Quarantine refers to the time that follows exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19.”

Why were the updates made?

Why did the update occur?
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The CDC reported that the updates are due to the appearance of the Omicron variant and because the infections in the country continue to rise. It is expected that with the new guidelines, the spread of the new variant of COVID-19 can be contained without disrupting business.

“Both updates come as the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the US. They reflect current science on when and for how long a person is most infectious.”

A coincidence for Fauci?

A coincidence with Fauci?
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Anthony Fauci opened the door for new recommendations because Omicron, although potentially less serious, seems to be more contagious than other mutations of COVID-19, EFE reported.

A few hours earlier, in an interview with MSNBC, Fauci announced that the CDC was seriously evaluating reducing the isolation time. Soon after, Biden announced that he is open to reducing isolation times if his medical team recommends it.

Days before Biden announced new guidelines

Biden Omicron statement: An increase in infections?
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One of the first points that Biden discussed at his press conference was the rise in infections in the country since the new variant was discovered. He called on the public to protect themselves and get vaccinated. The President stated that if people are not vaccinated, they should be extremely concerned about the emergence of the new Omicron variant.

“First, how concerned should you be about Omicron? The answer is simple: If you are not fully vaccinated, you should be concerned,” Biden said at the press conference. He stressed that people who are not vaccinated will have twice the risk of being hospitalized and dying.

A necessary warning?

Biden statement Ómicron: A necessary comfort?

President Biden was very clear that people who have not yet been vaccinated will have a higher risk of dying. The Democrat stated that people should feel “comfortable” spending the holidays with family and loved ones if they are vaccinated and follow the recommended measures to avoid becoming infected with the new variant.

Biden wanted the public to take the threat of the Omicron variant seriously by getting vaccinated to avoid greater risk. The Democrat asked that families care about those who are vulnerable, such as children or the elderly. For this reason, he called on parents to have their little ones vaccinated.

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