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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its COVID-19 guidance on Thursday, saying the United States should move away from quarantines and social distancing and focus on treating severe disease from the virus.
New guidelines from the federal agency no longer recommended staying at least six feet away from other people to reduce exposure. The six-foot social distancing had been intact since early 2020, although some public health officials have raised questions about whether the measure is actually effective.
In another major change, the agency said it is no longer recommending unvaccinated people to quarantine after exposure. Unvaccinated people who have been in close contact with an infected person are not advised to go through a five-day quarantine period if they haven’t tested positive or shown symptoms, according to the revised guidelines.
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