The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ended on Thursday its quarantine recommendation for people exposed to COVID-19.
In an updated guidance document published, the CDC said, “Persons who have had recent confirmed or suspected exposure to an infected person should wear a mask for 10 days around others when indoors in public and should receive testing ≥5 days after exposure (or sooner, if they are symptomatic), irrespective of their vaccination status…
“In light of high population levels of anti–SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence (7,16), and to limit social and economic impacts, quarantine of exposed persons is no longer recommended, regardless of vaccination status.”
The updated guidance from the CDC comes as new COVID-19 cases have continued to trend down in the past several months due to the widely available vaccines and other treatment programs.
“High levels of immunity and availability of effective COVID-19 prevention and management tools have reduced the risk for medically significant illness and death,” the updated guidance said.
Newsweek reached out to the CDC for comment.
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