CDC Reduces Isolation Time For Asymptomatic COVID-19 Cases To 5 Days


December 27 (Reuters) – U.S. health officials on Monday shortened the recommended isolation time for Americans with asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 to five days compared to the previous 10-day directive.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said asymptomatic people after isolation should follow mask wear for five days when surrounded by other people.

It also recommended a five-day quarantine for people exposed to the virus who are not vaccinated or who are more than six months away from their second dose of mRNA or more than two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (JNJ.N ) and not yet boosted. The quarantine period must be followed by strict wearing of the mask for an additional five days.

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Isolation separates those who are sick with a contagious disease from those who are not, according to the CDC, while quarantine separates and restricts movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they get sick .

People line up for a COVID-19 test on Broadway in SoHo as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in Manhattan, New York, United States on December 27, 2021. REUTERS / Andrew Kelly

“The 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 coronavirus infections in the United States, the federal CDC said last week.

Peak infections are on the rise among the fully vaccinated population, including those who have received a third booster injection. However, Omicron appears to cause milder symptoms in these people, some of whom have no symptoms.

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 told CNN last week.

People who received their booster shot do not need to self-quarantine after exposure, but must wear a mask for 10 days, the CDC said.

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Report by Dania Nadeem in Bangalore; Editing by Maju Samuel

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