We understand how time constraints conflict with your need to follow industry trends. Please
subscribe here and we’ll notify you when we periodically post articles and news briefs.

    CDC Relaxes COVID-19 Guidance for Community Settings, Schools

    • Published
    • 11 August 2022
    • Category
    • News

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated it COVID-19 prevention and management guidance for community settings today, including relaxation of some recommendations. The public health agency said it plans to release stand-alone guidance documents, such as those for health care settings and travelers, in the coming weeks.

    “We know that COVID-19 is here to stay,” Greta Massetti, a CDC epidemiologist, said at a news briefing. “High levels of population immunity due to vaccination and previous infection, and the many tools that we have available to protect people from severe illness and death, have put us in a different place.”

    Screening testing of asymptomatic people without known exposure to COVID is no longer recommended in most community settings. The guidance emphasizes it is important to consider exposure risk in a particular setting, local case rates and ventilation when assessing the need to maintain physical distance.

    Updated recommendations include:

    • Staying up to date with vaccination to protect against serious illness, hospitalization and death. Protection provided by currently available vaccine diminishes over time. It is less effective against symptomatic infection and transmission and more effective at preventing severe disease. For those who are not up to date on vaccination, recommendations are consistent with guidance for people who are up to date.
    • Wearing a high-quality mask for 10 days and getting tested on day five rather than quarantining if exposed to COVID-19.
    • Isolating from others if sick and COVID is suspected but test results have not been received.
    • Staying home for at least five days, isolating from others following a positive test, and wearing a high-quality mask when around others at home and in public:
      • End isolation after five days if free of fever for 24 hours without the use of medication, symptoms are improving or there were never any symptoms.
      • Wear a high-quality mask through day 10.
      • Isolate for 10 days for moderate illness (shortness of breath/difficulty breathing) or severe illness (hospitalized) or a weakened immune system. Consult a doctor before ending isolation after serious illness or for immune disorders.
      • Avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11 of recovery.
      • If symptoms worsen after isolation, restart isolation at day zero and consult a medical professional.

    In related guidance for K-12 schools and early care and education programs, the CDC changed its recommendation to conduct screening testing to focus on high-risk activities in response to community levels of infection or a local COVID outbreak. The agency:

    • Dropped a recommendation to quarantine, except in high-risk congregate settings
    • Removed information about “test to stay” in school
    • Added detailed information on when to wear a mask, managing cases and exposures, and responding to outbreaks.

    Contact Our Business Development Team

    We welcome the opportunity to meet you and learn about your company.