CDC drops quarantine guidelines for COVID-19

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that people no longer need to stay 6 feet away from others or quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

The changes come after the CDC estimates that 95 percent of Americans 16 or older have developed some immunity to COVID-19, either through vaccination or through infection, according to a survey of blood donations. The agency still says that those who test positive for the virus should self-isolate for five days.

What does this change? The most noticeable effects will likely take place in schools, which began classes this week in Alachua County. Daily testing recommendations will likely disappear.

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Schools all across the country were already rolling back their COVID-19 guidelines weeks before the CDC’s announcement.

This story originally appeared in WORLD. © 2022, reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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