California calls for stricter COVID isolation for infected people amid omicron surge

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People line up for a free COVID-19 rapid test at a gas station in Reseda on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

People line up for a free COVID-19 rapid test at a gas station in Reseda on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

With California’s coronavirus surge worsening, the state has issued new recommendations for when people infected with the virus can end their isolation, guidance that is stricter than what was made earlier this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

California is now recommending that asymptomatic, coronavirus-infected people can exit isolation on the fifth day after a positive test, but only if they get a negative rapid test result.

By contrast, the CDC’s recommendations don’t ask for a follow-up negative test; the CDC only recommends that those ending isolation continue wearing a mask around other people for five additional days.

Dr. Robert Wachter, chair of the UC San Francisco Department of Medicine, praised California’s stricter guidelines. “Kudos,” Wachter wrote. “Safer than [CDC’s] version.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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