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CDC Updates COVID-19 Mitigation Guidance

On Thursday, August 11, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidance for the mitigation of COVID-19.  This guidance lifts the requirement to quarantine if exposed to the virus, deemphasizes screening people with no symptoms and updates COVID-19 protocols in schools, eliminating a recommendation for test-to-stay after potential exposure.

Additional highlights include:

  • The CDC recommends that those exposed to COVID-19 wear a mask for 10 days rather than quarantining, as previously recommended for the unvaccinated, with those exposed wearing a high-quality mask for five days and then testing on the fifth day.
  • The agency reemphasized that people who test positive for COVID-19 need only isolate for five days, monitoring their symptoms daily before deciding to exit isolation. It noted that those who test positive for COVID-19 are most infectious during the first five days after testing positive, recommending isolation during that time even if asymptomatic. After day five, those who are feeling better and are fever-free may end isolation, the agency said.
  • The CDC recommended those who test positive wear a high-quality mask through day 10, regardless of their symptoms. People who experience shortness of breath or difficulty breathing while they have COVID-19 should isolate for the full 10 days, as should individuals with weakened immune systems.

Click here for the new summary of guidance from the CDC.  

For the announcement of streamlining guidance for individuals, communities and health systems, also released on 8/11/22, click here.