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CDC reduces isolation time for COVID-19 positive health workers

(CNN) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an updated guide for health care workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. As indicated, these employees can return to work after seven days if they are asymptomatic and test negative.

“This isolation time could be shortened further if there is a staff shortage,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement, citing cases that are increasing due to the omicron variant.

director said Center for Disease Control“Our goal is to keep health care workers and patients safe. And to treat and prevent undue stress on our health care facilities,” said Dr. Rochelle Walinsky.

The agency also specified that health care workers do not need to go into quarantine “after a high-risk exposure” if they have received all recommended vaccinations, including a booster dose. (Quarantine applies to people who have been exposed to the virus but have not yet been diagnosed with the infection.)

The CDC emphasized that the new guidelines do not extend to the general public and only apply to health care workers.

“The CDC continues to evaluate isolation and quarantine recommendations for the general population as we learn about the omicron variant and we will update the public as appropriate,” the agency noted.

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