January 4, 2022
U.S. Reduces The 10-Day Isolation Period

Keeping healthcare workers on the job,

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In a move that could help with healthcare staffing issues, federal health officials have reduced the recommended 10-day isolation period to 7 days for those who are fully vaccinated, test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 infection and are asymptomatic.

With the Omicron variant spreading and positive cases on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the move so that symptomless care providers who test positive and adhere to COVID-19 source control recommendations such as wearing an N95 mask can return to work sooner.

The news brings hope to nursing facilities who have been challenged by staffing shortages and illness.

Older adults remain at a higher risk for severe cases but vaccines and boosters are providing protection against serious illness.

“This is good news,” stated Barbara Wlodyka, HR Director at SpeciasltyRx. “At SpecialtyRx we monitor these developments closely so that we can bring the most up-to-date and accurate information to our clients.”