Wed. Apr 24th, 2024

CDC says COVID-19 no longer means five days in isolation

U.S. health officials have announced that Americans who test positive for COVID-19 no longer need to stay in isolation for five days.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its longstanding guidance, saying that people can return to work or regular activities if their symptoms are mild and improving and it has been 24-hours since running a fever.

Most people have some degree of immunity to the coronavirus from vaccinations or from infections. Experts say that most people have not been following the five day isolation rule anyhow.

CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen says, “Our goal here is to continue to protect those at risk for severe illness while also reassuring folks that these recommendation are simple, clear, easy to understand, and can be followed.”

 

WHY ARE THE GUIDELINES CHANGING?

COVID-19 is not causing as many hospitalizations and deaths as it did in the first years of the pandemic. The change is an effort to streamline recommendations so they are similar to longstanding recommendations for flu and other respiratory viruses.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

If you have symptoms, stay home until your symptoms are mild and improving and it’s been a day since you’ve had a fever. Some experts suggest wearing a mask and keeping a distance from others for the next 24 to 48 hours as an extra precaution.

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