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According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US government should lift covid-19 restrictions such as social distancing and quarantine procedures. Instead, the organization suggested that the government concentrate its efforts right away on resolving the consequences of the illnesses caused by the virus.
The social distance rule, one of the widely used measures to stop the spread of Covid-19, was included in the CDC’s revised guideline published last Thursday.
This recommendation is a sign of progress in the US’s fight against COVID-19, which comes from one of the top health organizations in the nation. Nearly all the people in the US have gained immunity to the virus after receiving the vaccination.
Greta Massetti, the head of the CDC’s Field Epidemiology and Prevention Branch, noted that the pandemic’s present conditions are significantly different from those of the previous two years.
“High levels of population immunity due to vaccination and previous infection and the many available tools to protect the general population, and protect people at higher risk, allow us to focus on protecting people from serious illness from Covid-19.”
What the CDC recommends
According to the CDC’s new recommendations, health authorities should only conduct regular Covid-19 testing and contact tracing in high-risk areas. Hospitals, nursing facilities, and jails are a few of these. Additionally, it has downplayed some quarantine rules, such as allowing exposed but negative people not to undergo quarantine.
Even though the CDC has issued a revised set of recommendations, some parts have not changed. For example, the CDC recommends that anybody exhibiting symptoms undergo a Covid-19 test. The patient should also stay at home for five days after receiving a diagnosis of COVID and wear face masks for ten days.
Regulations governing the isolation of afflicted people have also changed. Hospitalized patients should stay in their homes for at least ten days, and those with mild symptoms should stay inside for longer. Before being allowed to leave their isolation, people with impaired immune systems should consult their doctors.
New guidelines by CDC are a way to gain the public’s trust
The CDC’s recommendations serve as proof that public health agencies have already recognized Covid as permanent resident in the nations it has affected. The suggested safety precautions may be a step toward letting the virus coexist with people’s work and school activities while minimizing inconveniences. Other specialists, however, disagree.
University of California infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong said, “I think they just overall come into alignment with what people are doing anyway. What the CDC is, in my opinion, trying to do, they are trying to still be relevant, and maybe when they say something, people will listen to them instead of being completely 180 degrees away from what behavior is anyway.”
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health epidemiologist also concurs with Chan-Hong. “I think that this is a point where you actually have to sort of get real and start giving people tools they can use to do something or not. Because otherwise, people will just will not take you seriously,” he said.
Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist from the Scripps Research Institute also said, “This revision does not go anywhere near enough to correct the problems of flawed recommendations and lack of evidence.
Safety practices announced by the CDC
The Covid-19 virus should be treated and prevented from spreading, according to the CDC.
“These recent changes recognize the importance of protecting those most at risk of severe illness, while also standardizing some basic good public health hygiene for the long-term for those less at risk,” the National Association of County and City Health Officials CEO Lori Tremmel Freeman said.
“It’s important that we make it as easy as possible for people to continue to protect themselves and others around them as we live with Covid.”
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