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    CDC Changes COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

    • Published
    • 28 December 2021
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    • News

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its guidance on home isolation for people with COVID-19 and quarantine practices for those who have been exposed to someone with coronavirus disease. Anyone with symptoms or suspected exposure is advised to get a diagnostic test to determine infection status. It’s possible to be contagious and not realize it when there are no apparent symptoms or symptoms are mild.

    Isolation: For those with COVID-19, the recommended home isolation period now ends after five days if there are no symptoms or symptoms have resolved. A person with a fever should remain at home until fever-reducing medication is not needed. A mask should be worn around others during isolation and for another five days after isolation.

    Quarantine: The following applies to people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and who have either been fully vaccinated and received a booster shot, or completed the primary series of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months, or completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last two months:

    • Wear a well-fitted mask around others for 10 days
    • Take a diagnostic test on the fifth day after exposure, as feasible
    • Take a diagnostic test and stay home if symptoms develop (symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, fatigue, body aches, headache, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting)

    For those who completed the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series over six months ago and are not boosted, or completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine over two months ago and are not boosted, or who are not vaccinated, the following recommendations apply:

    • Stay home for five days and continue to wear a mask for an additional five days
    • Wear a mask for 10 days if quarantine is not possible
    • Get a diagnostic test on the fifth day after exposure, as feasible

    For information about onsite and at-home diagnostic testing options for employees, contact WorkCare at info@workcare.com.

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