Pandemic is not over so vaccination still key for protection against virus.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated guidance for people exposed to COVID-19, or are sick or test positive for the virus.
The CDC published the new community guidance on Aug. 11. “COVID-19 continues to circulate globally, however, with so many tools available to us for reducing COVID-19 severity, there is significantly less risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death compared to earlier in the pandemic,” the agency’s announcement said.
“We’re in a stronger place today as a nation, with more tools – like vaccination, boosters, and treatments – to protect ourselves, and our communities, from severe illness from COVID-19,” Greta Massetti, PhD, MPH, said in a news release. Massetti is author of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
“We also have a better understanding of how to protect people from being exposed to the virus, like wearing high-quality masks, testing, and improved ventilation,” Massetti said. “This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives.”
CDC is continuing to promote the importance of being up to date with vaccination to protect people against serious illness, hospitalization, and death.
“Protection provided by the current vaccine against symptomatic infection and transmission is less than that against severe disease and diminishes over time, especially against the currently circulating variants,” the CDC announcement said. “For this reason, it is important to stay up to date, especially as new vaccines become available.”
Additional guidance includes:
The full guidance is posted at cdc.gov. CDC expects to announce additional guidance for other settings, such as medical settings and travel, in coming weeks.