On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended those who test positive for Covid-19 should only have to isolate for five days.
Background: The CDC has previously recommended those who test positive for the virus should isolate to help contain the virus for 14 days.
Months later the CDC shortened the isolation period to 10 days after more research into the virus.
Context: The omicron variant currently sweeping the country is reported to be more contagious but less severe than the delay variant.
Extended isolation times also prevented many Americans from returning to work, further disrupting the supply chain crisis. Some speculate the short isolation period will help solve this issue.
What Happened: Now, the CDC says that those who test positive for Covid-19 but remain asymptomatic only need to quarantine for five days.
“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. These updates ensure people can safely continue their daily lives,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. (per The Hill)
For people who are vaccinated and boosted, CDC said there’s no need to quarantine.