New CDC COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance Welcomed by Some, Criticized by Others

Headline Roundup December 30th, 2021

The CDC's new COVID-19 quarantine guidance has sparked relief for some and concern for others.

Under the new guidance, asymptomatic COVID-positive people should quarantine for five days instead of the previous ten regardless of vaccination status. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the update is based on evidence that COVID-19 transmission only occurs early in the illness; Walensky also said the change is needed to "keep the critical functions of society open and operating." 

Voices in left- and center-rated outlets often focused on concern about the new rules. Some questioned the public health implications of issuing unvaccinated people the same guidance as vaccinated and boosted people. Others highlighted doctors and health officials who said the new rules took them by surprise. Some also questioned whether lobbying by big businesses prompted the change. Opinions from right-rated outlets sometimes praised the loosened quarantine guidance as an acknowledgment that people must begin to live normally again and accept COVID-19 as endemic. Many on the right remained critical of the government's inconsistent health messaging, and said the abrupt change in guidance proved that official COVID-19 recommendations were arbitrary rather than science-based. Some also questioned why vaccinated but unboosted people still had to quarantine as much as unvaccinated people.

From the Right
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OPINION

The most interesting public-health development of the pandemic era came this week with a radical course revision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The policy change has COVID hawks trembling with fear and rage and bafflement — while those who believe we need to find a way to move on from top-down regulatory measures are very confused by the possibility the CDC just became an ally rather than an enemy.

Simply put, the CDC appears to have decided that there’s just too much COVID around now to continue its previously draconian...

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From the Left
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State and local health officials say they are struggling to make sense of the new Covid-19 isolation and quarantine guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

They say the CDC released the updated advice, which cuts in half the recommended times for staying away from others, with little consultation or preparation.

"We are very much trying to digest it now and what it means and how to communicate it effectively," Lori Freeman, chief executive officer of the the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), told CNN...

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From the Left
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coronavirus, CDC guidelines

More than 200,000 people are testing positive for COVID-19 in the U.S. each day. Until this week, a positive test meant you should stay home for 10 days to avoid infecting others. Now, those who don't have symptoms after five days can go back to their regular activities, as long as they wear a mask, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The change in guidance released Monday was "motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness," according to...

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