CDC shortens COVID isolation, raises concerns about public health

The Associated Press March 1, 2024, 11:00 PM UTC

Summary: The CDC announced that Americans with mild COVID-19 symptoms can end isolation after one day without fever. COVID-19 dropped from the 3rd leading cause of death to 10th in 2023. The change aligns with flu guidelines. Critics fear it may endanger vulnerable people. The CDC previously reduced isolation from 10 to 5 days in late 2021. The new guidelines emphasize prevention and caution. Some experts worry about employers pressuring sick employees to return to work.

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