As of Wednesday’s updated guidance, the CDC has stated that students who have been exposed to Covid are safe to continue attending school as usual this upcoming fall.
After years of quarantine, during which students were forced to attend classes in a remote location, learning was hindered and mental health issues increased.
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Dr. Richard Besser, pediatrician and president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said in an email, “The updated CDC guidance recognizes that the best place for children is in the classroom and that this can be done safely with acceptable levels of risk.” All of their future happiness, prosperity, and health depends on this.
As of this past Wednesday, the CDC no longer suggests isolation for those who have been exposed to Covid, unless they are in a high-risk congregate setting like a prison, nursing home, or homeless shelter.
Ten days after exposure, you must wear a mask.
However, academic institutions are not classified as dangerous hotspots. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that, in the event of an exposure, asymptomatic students and school staff wear a high-quality mask for 10 days before getting tested on day five.
This adjustment reflects the public health community’s shift in response to Covid, from an initial emphasis on infection prevention to one that places greater emphasis on mitigating the disease’s most dire consequences instead.
“The current conditions of this pandemic are very different from those of the last two years,” Greta Massetti, a senior epidemiologist at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said during a call with reporters on Thursday.
It is now possible to focus on preventing people from getting seriously ill from Covid due to “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,” she said.
Almost everyone in the United States is protected from contracting Covid, according to Massetti; 95% to be exact.
Covid: What to Do If You Get a Positive Test
However, the CDC’s recommendations for Covid-positive individuals remain the same.
Keep them isolated for at least five days, as the CDC reports that the infectious period is between days zero and five. If symptoms improve and the fever has broken by day 5, isolation can be lifted; however, masking should continue until day 10.
The recommendations state that people with more severe Covid symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should see a doctor and remain isolated until day 10.
Even if you’ve been vaccinated against Covid, it’s still a good idea to wear a mask indoors in high-transmission areas, such as classrooms.
Vaccination is still recommended, as is testing for Covid if symptoms appear and resting at home rather than going to work or school while sick.
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According to the CDC, however, the nation has developed strong immunity to the virus due to vaccination, prior infection, or both, justifying a change in policy away from quarantine recommendations.
Since the start of the pandemic, the CDC has received reports of 91,676,264 cases of Covid in the United States. On average, there are over 100,000 new cases of Covid every day. Due to unreported at-home testing, that number is likely to be drastically low.
A total of 78.8 percent of American adults have received at least one dose of Covid vaccine, according to the monitor.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) no longer advises people to “test to stay” after an exposure, as this is unnecessary because of the elimination of the quarantine period.
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Although the number of weekly cases among children has decreased significantly since peaking at nearly 1 million in mid-January, the most significant update in the CDC guidance is for school children, and it follows similar guidelines from other public health entities.
For instance, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has streamlined its recommendations for local schools.
Dr. David Rubin, director of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, stated, “Despite the fact that we are still seeing a fair amount of Covid transmission across the country, the risk of severe disease is going down.”
Rubin claims that the decreasing threat level is allowing schools to relax some of the precautions they had been taking to keep students from missing class.
The new recommendations are the “next step toward normal,” he said, comparing them to the yearly approach taken to the flu. It is only during particularly severe flu outbreaks that schools are typically closed.
The CDC has stated that the “flexibility” provided by its revised guidance will allow schools and local officials to adjust their mitigation protocols in response to the spread of Covid.
In order for families with young children to resume their normal lives, “we’re going to have to embrace some risk in terms of transmission,” Rubin said.
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