New CDC Guidance: Auld Lang Syne to Current Isolation and Quarantine Rules
The CDC amended its guidance concerning those who test positive for COVID-19 and for those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, in a press release yesterday.
Just like the New Year, it is out with the old and in with the new for the CDC.
The newest recommendation breaks down its guidance into two categories: test positive with COVID and close contact or exposed to COVID.
Positive COVID Test:
Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, should quarantine for a total of five (5) days. If they are asymptomatic on day five (5), they can leave quarantine. Individuals should continue to wear a mask for another five (5) days, but otherwise may resume normal activity unless symptoms develop. This is less than the previous ten (10) day recommended isolation period.
Not positive, but Exposed or Close Contact:
The CDC has instructed individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to wear a mask and quarantine for varying lengths of time depending a few major factors.
Have you been boosted; or completed a primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six (6) months; or completed a primary series of J&J vaccine within the last two (2) months;
Wear a mask around others for ten (10) days and test on day five (5), if possible.
Completed a primary series of Pfizer or Moderna over six (6) months ago and are not boosted; or completed a primary series of J&J over two (2) months ago and are not boosted; or are unvaccinated;
Stay home for five (5) days and wear a mask for an additional five (5) days. In the event you cannnot quarantine ,wear a mask for ten (10) days and test on day five (5) if possible.