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Oklahoma doctor explains new COVID-19 isolation guidelines

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – CDC has shortened the recommended quarantine and isolation period for COVID-19 patients. Those who test positive can shorten the quarantine period by 10 to 5 days.

“We now know that most of the domestic testing is the omicron variant,” said Dr Dale Bratzler, OU Director.

That’s some good news for those who have recently received a positive COVID-19 test.

As of Monday, if you test positive and have no symptoms or no longer have symptoms, you can shorten your quarantine from 10 to five days.

The decision was driven by a holiday surge in COVID-19 cases, thanks to the highly contagious omicron variant.

“One of the things that we know about the Omicron variant is its very short incubation period. In other words, when you come into contact with that virus, it starts to grow very quickly and you start to shed the virus pretty quickly,” Bratzler said.

The CDC also says that people who have not been immunized or have not had a second shot should be isolated for five days, followed by strict use of a mask for an additional five days.

“If you have been fully vaccinated, you have been fully vaccinated and you have received a booster dose. You don’t have to quarantine. They recommend wearing a mask for ten days just in case you get a sudden infection, so you don’t spread it,” says Bratzler.

During the Christmas holiday, planes were grounded and flights canceled as airline workers tested positive or were forced into quarantine due to exposure.

“They’ve had a lot of flights canceled and that’s for obvious reasons. People have tested positive, the people who work for them,” Bratzler said. “The quarantine is two weeks, the quarantine is ten days, and it’s very difficult to maintain a continuous workforce if you have all these people in quarantine and isolation.”

Just last week, the CDC also updated guidance for healthcare workers with COVID-19. If you are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, you can now return to work in seven days if you tested negative for the infection at that time.

“You know, the example I gave was if we lost 10% of the nursing workforce in this state because they were isolated or quarantined, we would be in real trouble right now,” Bratzler said.

Instruction is not a mission; It is a recommendation for employers and state and local officials.

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