The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has again updated its guidelines for people who have been exposed to COVID-19, recommending that, instead of quarantining, the exposed person wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day five.
The agency is no longer recommending that people without symptoms be screened in community settings.
However, said a press release from Dr. Richard Williams, medical director of the Three Rivers Health District, the agency continues to recommend physical distance as a way to protect oneself, while emphasizing that people should remain aware of local Covid Community Levels and understand the importance of ventilation when assessing whether to maintain physical distance.
The CDC has also changed its operational guidance for K-12 schools, said the release. Two recommendations have been removed completely—the recommendation to “cohort,” or work in pods, and to quarantine (except in high-risk congregate settings).
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