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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr Rochelle Walensky said the latest change in COVID guidelines was meant to make it easier to follow recommendations and focus isolation on when people are most contagious.
The CDC has updated the recommended isolation period for asymptomatic COVID-19 positive individuals from 10 days to five days, followed by five days of wearing a mask when in close proximity to other people to minimize the risk of transmission.
“We’ve seen relatively low isolation rates for this whole pandemic,” Walensky said. “Some sciences have shown that less than a third of people isolate themselves when they need to. And so we really want to make sure that we had advice right now when we were going to have a lot of diseases that we could get into, that people were willing to get into, that was specifically about when people were most contagious. “
The CDC has been criticized by public health officials and doctors for the move.
It comes as COVID rises across the country – including in Illinois – and public officials warn residents to be careful during New Year’s celebrations.
Meanwhile, Mayor Lightfoot’s mandate to vaccinate certain indoor spaces comes into effect Monday, alongside Cook County’s mandate. Although some restaurateurs are asking Lighfoot to postpone the vaccination mandate to give them more time to prepare.
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