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    CDC Updates COVID Prevention Guidance for Health Care Settings

    • Published
    • 27 September 2022
    • Category

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated some of its COVID-19 infection prevention and control recommendations for health care settings to reflect changes in exposure risk.

    Recommendations include the following:

    • Vaccination status should no longer be used to inform source control, screening testing or post-exposure recommendations.
    • Source control should be considered under certain circumstances. Source control refers to use of respirators or well-fitting masks to cover a person’s mouth and nose to prevent the spread of respiratory secretions. Masks are recommended for all health care personnel in communities where there is high risk of COVID-19 transmission.
    • Testing frequency to detect potential for variants with shorter incubation periods and address the risk for false-negative antigen tests in people without symptoms should be considered.
    • Testing is recommended for anyone with symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, but screening testing of asymptomatic health care personnel, including those in nursing homes, is at the discretion of the health care facility.
    • In most cases, asymptomatic patients are no longer subject to  empiric use of transmission-based precautions following close contact with someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection.

    The CDC advises health care organizations to be aware of the need to comply with other applicable local, territorial, tribal, state and federal infectious disease prevention requirements, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.

     

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