This Is How Pandemic Panic Ends, With But a Whisper

In a complete reversal of earlier guidelines emphasizing extended quarantines, the CDC has revised its COVID-19 recommendations to eliminate quarantines altogether.

Of course, politics played a huge no part in this 180 from the CDC’s prior guidance on exposure.

“We’re in a stronger place today as a nation, with more tools—like vaccination, boosters, and treatments—to protect ourselves, and our communities, from severe illness from COVID-19,” said Greta Massetti, PhD, MPH, MMWR author. “We also have a better understanding of how to protect people from being exposed to the virus, like wearing high-quality masks, testing, and improved ventilation.  This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives.”

How does the guidance avoid “severely disrupting daily lives”?

By dropping quarantines, naturally.

  • Recommending that instead of quarantining if you were exposed to COVID-19, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5.

  • Reiterating that regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.

    • You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.

      • If your results are positive, follow CDC’s full isolation recommendations.

      • If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.

  • Recommending that if you test positive for COVID-19, you stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home.  You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days. Wear a high-quality mask when you must be around others at home and in public.

    • If after 5 days you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and your symptoms are improving, or you never had symptoms, you may end isolation after day 5.

    • Regardless of when you end isolation, avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11.

    • You should wear a high-quality mask through day 10.

No quarantines, stay home for about five days if you get sick.

The CDC just reduced COVID-19 to the seasonal flu….at last.