The CDC recently updated its guidelines on, among other things, quarantine and isolation periods and recommendations regarding booster shots. Below is a high-level summary of some of these changes.
At the end of December 2021, the CDC updated its guidance regarding quarantine and isolation. A media statement from the CDC regarding its updates can be found here. Some of the biggest changes from the December recommendations involved the following:
- Reducing isolation for those with COVID-19 to five days followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others.
- Revising quarantine periods, including:
- For unvaccinated individuals, individuals who completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna over five months ago and are not boosted, or individuals who completed J&J over two months ago and are not boosted, quarantine five days followed by “strict mask use” for five days.
- If quarantine is “not feasible,” wear a “well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure.”
- Individuals who have received booster shots do not need to quarantine but should wear a mask for 10 days after exposure.