(READ) CDC issues more ‘streamlined’ Covid-19 guidance to the public

The following statement was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Today, CDC is streamlining its COVID-19 guidance to help people better understand their risk, how to protect themselves and others, what actions to take if exposed to COVID-19, and what actions to take if they are sick or test positive for the virus. 

COVID-19 continues to circulate globally, however, with so many tools available to us for reducing COVID-19 severity, there is significantly less risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death compared to earlier in the pandemic.

“We’re in a stronger place today as a nation, with more tools—like vaccination, boosters, and treatments—to protect ourselves, and our communities, from severe illness from COVID-19,” said Greta Massetti, PhD, MPH, MMWR author. “We also have a better understanding of how to protect people from being exposed to the virus, like wearing high-quality masks, testing, and improved ventilation. 

This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives.”

In support of this update CDC is:

  • Continuing to promote the importance of being up to date with vaccination to protect people against serious illness, hospitalization, and death. Protection provided by the current vaccine against symptomatic infection and transmission is less than that against severe disease and diminishes over time, especially against the currently circulating variants. For this reason, it is important to stay up to date, especially as new vaccines become available. 
  • Updating its guidance for people who are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines on what to do if exposed to someone with COVID-19.  This is consistent with the existing guidance for people who are up to date on COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Recommending that instead of quarantining if you were exposed to COVID-19, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5.
  • Reiterating that regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
    • You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
      • If your results are positive, follow CDC’s full isolation recommendations.
      • If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.
  • Recommending that if you test positive for COVID-19, you stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home.  You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days. Wear a high-quality mask when you must be around others at home and in public.  
    • If after 5 days you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and your symptoms are improving, or you never had symptoms, you may end isolation after day 5. 
    • Regardless of when you end isolation, avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11. 
    • You should wear a high-quality mask through day 10. 
  • Recommending that if you had moderate illness (if you experienced shortness of breath or had difficulty breathing) or severe illness (you were hospitalized) due to COVID-19 or you have a weakened immune system, you need to isolate through day 10.
  • Recommending that if you had  severe illness or have a weakened immune system, consult your doctor before ending isolation. Ending isolation without a viral test may not be an option for you. If you are unsure if your symptoms are moderate or severe or if you have a weakened immune system, talk to a healthcare provider for further guidance. 
  • Clarifying that after you have ended isolation, if your COVID-19 symptoms worsen, restart your isolation at day 0. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions about your symptoms or when to end isolation.   
  • Recommending screening testing of asymptomatic people without known exposures will no longer be recommended in most community settings. 
  • Emphasizing that physical distance is just one component of how to protect yourself and others.  It is important to consider the risk in a particular setting, including local COVID-19 Community Levels and the important role of ventilation, when assessing the need to maintain physical distance.

Actions to take will continue to be informed by the COVID-19 Community Levels, launched in February. CDC will continue to focus efforts on preventing severe illness and post-COVID conditions, while ensuring everyone have the information and tools, they need to lower their risk.

For more information visit these websites: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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2 thoughts on “(READ) CDC issues more ‘streamlined’ Covid-19 guidance to the public”

  1. Does anyone trust the CDC today? All this just keeps up the drama for those that believe the lies that this is a deadly virus. The statistics published from the beginning showed Covid was 99.9% recoverable and no one talked about that in the MSM or from the WH. That statistic moved to 99.8% in 2021. Covid is not deadly. Fear is deadly. Lots of diseases are deadly, but Covid is not.
    My personal experience with it, tells me more about it than anything the CDC or the WHO have to say.
    I was the first in my family to experience it, Feb 2020 after a trip to FL. Pre US Covid announcement, but the symptoms tell me that is what I had. I wondered what it was because it was so painful and the fatigue was bad. I lived, I was cared for by my family and none of my three family members caught this oh, so “highly contagious” virus!
    My husband got it in August of 2020 after a trip to MO. He has several major health issues. I thought he was going to die. He did not even come close to dying. We did not isolate from him. I took care of him. After that, I knew this was just a bunch of crap. I followed Sharyl Attkisson’s stories on it.
    Our daughter got it January of 2021 after going out on NY’s eve. She was over it in 4 days. No one else got it.
    Our son just got it after traveling by car to Chicago for a wedding. He was over the major symptoms in 5 days, but had the cough and fatigue for 7 more days. None of us got it. I took care of them all.
    We refused to get vaccinated because we believe our body knows best when fighting a virus and natural immunity still provides the best protection. The people I know that are “fully vaccinated” have all gotten Covid way worse than we did and their entire vaccinated family including babies have gotten sick. What is wrong with this picture?!
    Today, if “their” lips are moving, I know they are all lying and not just about Covid. It will take a miracle for our country to recover from all of the corruption that is running and ruining us.
    Next up – the IRS will come after the little guy and start shutting down small businesses, don’t ya know.

  2. I have to say that this article is what every article should be – simply reporting what the CDC has stated in their latest guidelines. Good job.
    LMT – I don’t know how to interpret your comment that COVID is not “deadly” since it is well documented that people have died from it. But the claim that the recovery rate was 99.9% (meaning that the mortality rate was .1%) in the beginning is not borne out by anything that I remember or could now find. What I remember is an estimate of between .5% and 3% in the beginning. Below is a link to an article that provides the Case Fatality Rate for many countries from March, 2020 onward. This claims that the U.S. CFR reached a high of about 6% in May, 2020 and fell to about 1.8% by the end of that year. Even this report admits that CFR is a “poor” way to measure mortality rate because there may be many unreported cases (although many health experts believe that COVID deaths were undercounted in 2020 simply based on the number of excess deaths). But getting from the 3% – 6% number at the beginning of the pandemic to .1% is a pretty big stretch.
    Where did you get your data from?
    And it is completely wrong to extrapolate some personal experiences into a national trend. I’m happy that you didn’t suffer much from contracting COVID, but there have been many others who have disdained vaccines and died. In fact, at the end of last year, the CDC reported that the unvaccinated were about 10 times as likely to be hospitalized and 40 times more likely to die. In March, the death rate among the unvaccinated was 17 times higher. At the end of May, the death rate (as reported in the article linked to below) was 5.9 times higher when compared to those with no boosters, 7.6 times higher when compared with those with one booster, and 23.86 times higher when compared to those with two boosters.
    So this data makes clear that the vaccines do help prevent people from dying.

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