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CDC no longer gently recommends COVID precautions most weren't following anyway

Added 08-11-22 09:10:03pm EST - “Unvaccinated people no longer need to quarantine and physical distancing is de-emphasized.” - Arstechnica.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Arstechnica.com: “CDC no longer gently recommends COVID precautions most weren’t following anyway”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its pandemic guidance today, offering slightly looser recommendations that likely won't change much about how Americans handle the pandemic these days.

According to the updated guidance, people who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations—i.e., unvaccinated people or people who have not received the recommended number of boosters—no longer need to quarantine if they know they've been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Instead, if a not up-to-date person is exposed, the CDC now recommends they wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure and get tested for COVID-19 on day 5. Currently, roughly 68 percent of the US population is not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination.

This guidance update essentially ends all COVID-19-related quarantine recommendations since the CDC had previously said that those who are up to date on their vaccines do not need to quarantine but only wear a mask for 10 days and test.

Although it's unclear how many people were still quarantining, the end of COVID quarantining spurs one significant change, likely the most consequential of all the updates announced today: the end of the CDC's recommendation for school "test-to-stay" policies. These were policies in which not up-to-date students could use negative test results to remain in school after an exposure. This was an alternative to requiring such students to quarantine. But, in the absence of any quarantine recommendation, the test-to-stay strategy is now unnecessary.

Otherwise, the updated guidance backs off suggestions for testing to screen people without symptoms or known exposures—such as requiring healthy people to test negative for events. "Screening testing might not be cost-effective in general community settings, especially if COVID-19 prevalence is low," according to the guidance published today in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The CDC says screening might be most useful in high-risk congregate settings, such as long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, or homeless shelters.

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