Shortened CDC COVID isolation guide draws sharply mixed reviews




Facing an onslaught of Omicron variant activity amid holiday gatherings and travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday updated its COVID-19 guidance yesterday, halving the isolation and quarantine period for people with or exposed to the coronavirus.

The move, which relies on masking and accounts for sparse rapid test availability, drew praise from some experts as a needed change in the face of an evolving situation. But it also drew sharp criticism from other experts and some labor officials, who point to scientific gaps and ongoing risks.

CDC anticipates major Omicron-driven disruptions

In a press release announcing the new recommendations yesterday, the CDC recommended that anyone who tests positive, regardless of vaccination status, stay home for 5 days. If there are no symptoms or symptoms resolve after 5 days, the individual can leave the house if they mask around others for 5 days.



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