In early August, the CDC updated and streamlined its guidelines for COVID-19 to help people better understand risk and how to protect themselves. As compared to earlier in the pandemic, there is significantly less risk of severe illness and death thanks to the resources available to us now.
In support of this update, the streamlined guidelines put forward by the CDC include promoting the importance of up-to-date vaccination. The new updated guidance equalizes treatment for those vaccinated, and not vaccinated, when there is an exposure to someone with COVID-19. Regardless of vaccination status, instead of quarantining after exposure to COVID-19, CDC now recommends wearing a mask for 10 days and testing on day 5 after exposure to COVID-19.
CDC still recommends isolation away from others after testing positive for COVID-19, including a 5-day isolation period after first testing positive for the virus and an end to isolation if fever-free for 24-hours. If an individual has moderate or severe illness, it is recommended that isolation be extended through day 10 and it may be wise to contact your health care provider.
In the coming weeks, new updates will be added for travel, healthcare settings, and other high-transmission settings. Click here for the CDC media release source.