CDC drops quarantine, distancing recommendations for COVID

  • The nation's top public health agency relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines, dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said people no longer need to stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Perhaps the biggest education-related change is the end of the recommendation that schools do routine daily testing.
  • The changes are driven by a recognition that an estimated 95% of Americans 16 and older have acquired some level of immunity, either from being vaccinated or infected, agency officials said.

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CDC relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines

The nation's top public health agency relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines Thursday, dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person. (Aug. 12)
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