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Quarantine time for healthcare workers shortened

Isolation time for health workers reduced. 7 days for asymptomatic health workers.

Where: United States

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is cutting short the isolation time for healthcare workers who are Covid positive.

The new guidelines state, “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.”

The guidelines come amidst concerns about staffing shortages in hospitals anticipated from the disease trajectory due to the Omicron variant.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated, “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.”

The new guidelines apply only to healthcare workers, not the general public.

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