Headline RoundupDecember 30th, 2021

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

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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.

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