The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new COVID-19 isolation guidelines for vaccinated individuals, including health care workers. The 10-day isolation period has been reduced to five days as long as the person is asymptomatic. Health care workers can now return to work after seven days.
Rambod A. Rouhbakhsh, MD, principal investigator with Hattiesburg Clinic MediSync® Clinical Research, spoke with WDAM about these new guidelines and reiterated the need for masks, especially with shortened isolation times.
“What we have really learned throughout the course of this almost two and a half years now, is masks work. Masks work really, really well,” Rouhbakhsh said. “Even when only one person has a mask, that person is very unlikely to pass it to others. In settings where both people are masked, the risk of spread is almost none.”
According to Rouhbakhsh, the most important thing is for everyone to do their part.
“It’ll be crucial, especially for those people that are susceptible to a severe illness to not only get vaccinated but get boosted as quickly as they can. I think that’s a big take home message,” Rouhbakhsh said.
To view the full interview, click the following link: https://www.wdam.com/2021/12/28/cdc-reduces-isolation-guidelines-vaccinated-people/