CDC updates isolation and quarantine guidance for healthcare workers
ATLANTA, GA (WLNE)- The CDC has released their updated isolation and quarantine guidance for those in the healthcare industry in preparation for Omicron surge.
According to the CDC,
- “Healthcare workers with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic can return to work after 7 days with a negative test, and that isolation time can be cut further if there are staffing shortages.”
- “Healthcare workers who have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses, including a booster, do not need to quarantine at home following high-risk exposures.”
CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky released a statement on the change saying,
“As the healthcare community prepares for an anticipated surge in patients due to Omicron, CDC is updating our recommendations to reflect what we know about infection and exposure in the context of vaccination and booster doses. Our goal is to keep healthcare personnel and patients safe, and to address and prevent undue burden on our healthcare facilities. Our priority, remains prevention—and I strongly encourage all healthcare personnel to get vaccinated and boosted.”
The CDC defines the two separate exposure responses, isolation is required for those exposed to COVID-19 who become infected. Quarantine is required for those exposed but have not tested positive.