This month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced significant changes in its Covid 19 guidance in a press release. Author Geta Massetti, PhD, MPH, MMWR explained that:
“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. 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.”(Emphasis added)
Among the biggest changes are:
“The CDC’s COVID-19 prevention guidance will no longer differentiate by whether people are up-to-date on their vaccinations.
Testing to screen for COVID-19 will no longer be recommended in most places for people who do not have COVID symptoms.
The CDC says people who have tested positive for COVID-19 can stop wearing masks if their symptoms have improved and they test negative twice in a row — initially on the sixth day after their infection began, and then again on the eighth day.
And the CDC says that “to limit social and economic impacts, quarantine of exposed persons is no longer recommended, regardless of vaccination status.”
And there are also new changes to guidance for schools, including:
“-Removed the recommendation to cohort
-Changed recommendation to conduct screening testing to focus on high-risk activities during high COVID-19 Community Level or in response to an outbreak
-Removed the recommendation to quarantine, except in high-risk congregate settings
-Removed information about Test to Stay
-Added detailed information on when to wear a mask, managing cases and exposures, and responding to outbreaks”
Also and as of June 12, 2002, “CDC will no longer require air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight” but must be “fully vaccinated”.
And, according to CBS News, “U.S. agents will begin to offer COVID-19 vaccines to migrants in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody who are processed under regular immigration procedures and can’t show proof of vaccination.” (Emphasis added)
This sounds like progress but there is still controversy and court cases about Covid 19 vaccination mandates and exemptions. Stay tuned for further developments.