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CDC To Drop Five-Day COVID-19 Isolation Guidelines: Report

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CDC To Drop Five-Day COVID-19 Isolation Guidelines: Report

(CTN News) – In new guidance planned by the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), the agency is planning to drop its five-day COVID-19 isolation recommendations, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

People who test positive for COVID-19 are going to be recommended by the health agency to decide when to end their isolation based on their symptoms once they test positive for COVID-19.

There will no longer be a need for people with mild and improving symptoms to stay at home if they have remained fever-free for at least 24 hours, the report reported citing CDC officials familiar with the issue.

It is important to note that hospitals and other healthcare facilities with more vulnerable populations are not affected by these new recommendations.

In response to a request for comment made by Reuters, the CDC did not respond immediately to the request for comment.
As per the report, government officials have yet to approve the guidelines that have been developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The guidelines are expected to be released in April for public evaluation, according to the report.

When an American with asymptomatic CDC COVID-19 infection tests positive, the guidelines for isolation have remained unchanged since December 2021, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had shortened the recommended isolation period for those with asymptomatic COVID-19 infection from 10 days to 5 days in December 2021.

A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that, as of January 19, nearly 86 percent of all cases of COVID-19 reported in the United States have been attributed to subvariant JN.1, which is considered by the World Health Organization to be a variant of interest.


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Alishba Waris is an independent journalist working for CTN News. She brings a wealth of experience and a keen eye for detail to her reporting. With a knack for uncovering the truth, Waris isn't afraid to ask tough questions and hold those in power accountable. Her writing is clear, concise, and cuts through the noise, delivering the facts readers need to stay informed. Waris's dedication to ethical journalism shines through in her hard-hitting yet fair coverage of important issues.

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