For over the past two years now, Americans have gotten very familiar with different guidelines from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it pertains to COVID-19.
Initially, people were advised to stay in their homes, abstain from travel, and keep six feet away from others when they absolutely needed to go outside. Then came various CDC guidelines on face masks, vaccination, booster shots, and quarantining.
Over the past year, there’s been a growing surge of people ready to get back to their lives and learn how to live with COVID-19.
This week, the CDC landed in the news once again, this time for amending its COVID-19 guidelines.
Reviewing the Latest Changes to the CDC’s COVID-19 Guidelines
On Thursday, the CDC made national headlines for rolling back recommendations that individuals who come into contact with a COVID-19-positive person enter into quarantine. This, along with keeping a six-foot distance from others, is no longer necessary, according to the health agency.
In making these amendments, the CDC explained how time and different societal changes led to new guidelines. Thus far, it’s estimated that 95% of people who are at least 16 years old have certain immunity from this virus.
Updated #COVID19 guidance to help you make informed decisions to protect yourself & others from severe illness. Knowing your risk & taking prevention steps, including vaccination & masking, can help you & loved ones from getting really sick. @CDCMMWR: https://t.co/DmfPOAPMjW
— CDC (@CDCgov) August 11, 2022
The immunity comes from either getting the COVID-19 vaccine or previously being infected. Therefore, the CDC claims the conditions of today are very different than those in the U.S. two years ago.
This new change to CDC guidelines comes as Joe Biden’s been under pressure to remove vaccination mandates for non-American citizens entering the country. Thus far, the White House has yet to roll back this particular decree.
More Changes to Come?
Across the United States, various school districts have also been making modifications to their requirements for children’s attendance. In many classrooms, mask mandates are only in effect when the community is deemed to be at “high risk” of COVID-19 spread/infection.
As children prepare to head back to school, many districts have chosen to do away with testing requirements as well.
Not to mention the kids who were kicked out of school because of vaccine/booster mandates. History will reflect poorly on the US handling of the pandemic. Reparations must be made.
— Nicole Saphier, MD (@NBSaphierMD) August 11, 2022
Since the CDC scaled back its guidelines, more criticism is being voiced against the harsh COVID-19 restrictions witnessed in 2020 and 2021.