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CDC shortens COVID isolation period for health care workers as cases rise
December 24, 2021 - 12:29 pm

Worried that a new Covid-19 wave could overwhelm understaffed U.S. hospitals, federal officials loosened rules that call on health care workers to stay out of work for 10 days if they test positive.

Those workers now will be allowed to come back to work after seven days if they test negative and don’t have symptoms. Isolation time can be cut if there are severe staffing shortages, according to the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

“As the health care 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,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.

Source: NBC News

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/cdc-shortens-covid-isolation-period-health-care-workers-cases-rise-n1286579

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