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US sets shorter COVID-19 isolation rules for healthcare workers

FILE – Hospital staff handle COVID-19 testing at a hospital in Aiea, Hawaii, Wednesday, September 15, 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted revised guidelines on Wednesday. The year, December 23, 2021, is to relax rules that call for requiring healthcare workers to take 10 days off work if they test positive for COVID-19. These workers will be allowed to return to work after seven days if the test results are negative and there are no symptoms. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Worried that a new wave of COVID-19 could overwhelm understaffed U.S. hospitals, federal officials Thursday easing rules It calls on healthcare workers to take 10 days off work if they test positive.

These workers will be allowed to return to work after seven days if the test results are negative and there are no symptoms. According to the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the quarantine period could be cut to five days, or even less, if staff shortages are severe. guidance.

“As the health care community prepares for the expected increase in omicron-related patients, CDC is updating our recommendations to reflect what we know about infections and exposures in the current context. immunization scenario and booster dose,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.

“Our goal is to keep healthcare workers and patients safe, and to address and prevent an undue burden on our healthcare facilities,” she added.

Isolation is designed to keep infected people away from people who are not already infected, to prevent further spread of the virus.

CDC officials have recommended that when calculating the 10-day quarantine period, the first day should be the first day after symptoms first developed or after testing positive. If a person develops symptoms sometime after testing positive for COVID-19, the isolation period must begin again, starting the day after symptoms develop.

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