The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates the quarantine guidelines for those infected with COVID-19. The move comes as cases from the omicron variant skyrocket worldwide. The updated guidance includes significant changes for the asymptomatic and those with known exposure to the virus.
First, the CDC is shortening the isolation time from ten to five days for those infected with the virus if they are asymptomatic. Experts then recommend wearing masks for five additional days when around others. The CDC goes on to say the move is motivated by science. For example, most transmissions of COVID happen one to two days before symptoms appear and two to three days after.
Second, there are also major quarantine guidelines for those exposed to COVID-19. The CDC recommends a five day quarantine for known exposures. This is for the unvaccinated and those six months removed from a second vaccine. Masks are recommended for five days following this quarantine.
Quarantine Guidelines: What’s Behind The Change
Finally, the CDC’s quarantine guidelines also guide those unable to isolate. Under the new guidelines, anyone who can not quarantine should wear a well-fitting mask for ten days when around others. In the interview below, Dr. Anthony Fauci notes this change covers workers needed on the front lines of the pandemic.
The Director of the CDC also notes the rapid spread of the Omicron variant as a driving factor for the quick Quarantine Guidelines change.
“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. These updates ensure people can safely continue their daily lives.”
Dr. Rochelle Walensky – Director – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ultimately, this won’t be the last change the COVID-19 pandemic presents. In addition to taking ongoing precautions, It is important to update and review all CDC changes with managers, staff, and residents for potential impacts to your properties.