The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated federal guidelines on quarantines. “This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives.”
- “Testing of asymptomatic people without known exposures will no longer be recommended in most community settings.”
- “This updated guidance is intended to apply to community settings. In the coming weeks CDC will work to align stand-alone guidance documents, such as those for healthcare settings, congregate settings at higher risk of transmission, and travel, with today’s update.”
- When reviewing the updates, these clinical guidelines distinguish between mild, moderate, and severe illness in determining how long to quarantine.
- The updated CDC guidelines are below and immediately effective.
|Circumstances||Recommendation on Masking, Testing, and Isolation|
|Exposed (whether vaccinated or not vaccinated)||Wear a high quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5|
|Test positive with no symptoms or mild symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, malaise, headache, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste and smell, but do not have shortness of breath, dyspnea, or abnormal chest imaging)||
Quarantine at least 5 days
Still wear a high quality mask through day 10
However, be sure to still avoid people at heightened risk until at least day 11, and if symptoms come back, restart isolation at day 0
|Become moderately ill (shortness of breath, evidence of lower respiratory disease)||Quarantine through day 10|
|Become severely ill (hospitalized) or have a weakened immune system||Quarantine through at least day 10 but consult your doctor|
IMA will continue to monitor regulator guidance and offer meaningful, practical, timely information.
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