New CDC Guidelines for Covid-19

Kali Hesse, Staff Writer

The CDC implemented new guidelines for the coronavirus. The new Omicron variant has a higher infection rate, however it doesn’t have a high death rate like the Delta variant has. 

According to the CDC, they are “shortening the recommended time for isolation for the public. People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving.” After the isolation period is up, it should be followed by wearing a mask for five days when around others to decrease the risk of spreading the virus. 

“Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.” This new information can make people wonder if they are safe to quarantine for just five days before returning to daily activities; some people might not feel safe around those who just had the virus and are back at work or school after just a short amount of isolation.

 Although the vaccination rate continues to increase and people are now getting boosters, Covid-19 is easily transmissible. The CDC states that “a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose restores vaccine effectiveness against infection to 75%. COVID-19 vaccination decreases the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. CDC strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 5 and older and boosters for everyone 16 and older. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.” Regardless of vaccination status, it is recommended to stay at home if you continue to have a fever or develop a fever after the five day quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19. It is also recommended to get tested if you develop symptoms while in quarantine for being exposed to someone with the virus. 

Many people believe that the new isolation period and guidelines are too short and risky. Some also believe that only 5 days of isolation would be a risk to their health along with others around them. CDC has put in place new guidelines for Covid-19 and now people with the virus only have to quarantine for 5 days, and wear a mask around others for the following 10 days. These new guidelines are based on the spread of the virus and the protection given by vaccines and boosters. There is still a lot of research and studies that are being conducted on Covid-19, but the CDC believes that these new guidelines are appropriate.