The CDC is shortening the Covid separation period for health care workers as cases increase

Under the organisation's revised guidelines, health workers will now be allowed to return to work after seven days if they are found to be free

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Concerned that a new Covid-19 wave could hit U.S. hospitals with fewer staff members, government officials on Thursday relaxed rules requiring health workers to stay away from work for 10 days if they were diagnosed.

Those employees will now be allowed to return to work after seven days if they are found not to have any symptoms. The separation period can be shortened if there is a severe shortage of staff, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guides.

"As the healthcare community prepares for the expected surgery of patients due to the omicron, the CDC is reviewing our recommendations to reflect what we know about infection and exposure to vaccination and stimulant doses," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.

"Our goal is to keep health workers and patients safe, as well as to prevent the unnecessary burden on our health facilities," he added.

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Isolation is designed to keep infected people away from uninfected people, to prevent the spread of the virus.

CDC officials advise that in calculating the 10-day separation period, the first day should be the first full day after the first symptoms appear or after a definite test. If a person develops symptoms sometime after being tested for Covid-19, the incarceration period should start again, starting one day after the symptoms appear.

The CDC is shortening the Covid separation period for health care workers as cases increase CDC officials advise that in calculating the 10-day separation period, the first day should be the first full day after the first symptoms appear or after a definite test. If a person develops symptoms sometime after being tested for Covid-19, the incarceration period should start again, starting one day after the symptoms appear.C DC officials advise that in calculating the 10-day separation period, the first day should be the first full day after the first symptoms appear or after a definite test. If a person develops symptoms sometime after being tested for Covid-19, the incarceration period should start again, starting one day after the symptoms appear.

Under the organisation's revised guidelines, health workers will now be allowed to return to work after seven days if they are found to be free of and without symptoms.