CDC shortens recommended Covid-19 isolation and quarantine time
The CDC has cut its recommended quarantine period in half for those who test positive for COVID. Instead of a 10-day quarantine period, you only need to isolate for five days if showing no symptoms.
The CDC said that people whose symptoms are getting better might also leave their homes after five days as long as their symptoms are improving. The CDC added that people who have a fever should stay home until the fever clears up.
“The change is motivated by science demonstrating that most SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days before the onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for five days and, if asymptomatic at that time; they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for five days to minimize the risk of infecting others.”
As the CDC states, this change is based on what is known about the Omicron variant, which is that it presents very mild symptoms and mimics a simple cold. Unfortunately, this announcement comes after Christmas and likely prevented many families from gathering this season. It’s a shame they couldn’t have taken the knowledge they have had for a long time and publicized their recommendations in a more timely fashion.
Quarantine is when people stay away from others if exposed to a disease but have not yet tested positive or shown symptoms.
CDC changed those recommendations, too. “For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than two months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for five days followed by strict mask use for an additional five days,” it said.
“CDC’s updated recommendations for isolation and quarantine balance what we know about the spread of the virus and the protection provided by vaccination and booster doses,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.
Omicron accounts for 73% of U.S. coronavirus infections, the federal CDC had said last week.
Breakthrough infections are rising among the fully vaccinated population, including those with a third booster shot. However, Omicron appears to be causing milder symptoms in those people, some of whom have no symptoms at all.
Reducing the CDC’s 10-day quarantine recommendation would help asymptomatic people return to work or school, with proper precautions, White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci had told CNN last week.
Notes from the Editor
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What is of interest here, and could be great news, viruses, such as COVID, over time, while they become more viral or easy to catch, also lose their ability to cause high mortality figures.
The group’s ability to build antibodies towards a disease causes plagues to slow down and disappear throughout history. The Black Death is a perfect example of this; it came through, caused between 30 -75% mortality rates, depending on how early the plague struck and the population’s general health. Compared to this, COVID, with a mortality rate of 1.4%, makes black death much worse. If the world had been struck with something as wrong as the Black Death, we would be looking at two and six billion deaths. Europe and Asia were left a shadow of what they once were when this plague struck; the same can’t be said about Covid.
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