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CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population
Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for 5 days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others.
Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection. Isolation for 5 days followed by wearing a well-fitting mask will minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others. Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. Both updates come as the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the U.S. and reflects the current science on when and for how long a person is maximally infectious.
Data from South Africa and the United Kingdom demonstrate that vaccine effectiveness against infection for two doses of an mRNA vaccine is approximately 35%. A COVID-19 vaccine booster dose restores vaccine effectiveness against infection to 75%. COVID-19 vaccination decreases the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. CDC strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 5 and older and boosters for everyone 16 and older. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.
The following is attributable to CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky:
“The Omicron variant is spreading quickly and has the potential to impact all facets of our society. CDC’s updated recommendations for isolation and quarantine balance what we know about the spread of the virus and the protection provided by vaccination and booster doses. These updates ensure people can safely continue their daily lives. Prevention is our best option: get vaccinated, get boosted, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial and high community transmission, and take a test before you gather.”
Full Story: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.htmlPost Views: 89By admin — 1 month ago
Cannonier-Watson Case Adjourned Once Again
December 13, 2021 (Hamilton, Bermuda) Sophia Cannonier and Michael Watson’s trial in Magistrate’s Court was supposed to commence this morning (December 13) after being moved from Thursday November 4.
However, the Worshipful Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo adjourned the couple’s case to March 31 and April 1 of next year due to certain unforeseen circumstances.
Ms. Cannonier and Mr. Watson are charged with refusing to comply with a quarantine requirement as instructed by a health officer, failing to properly complete the mandatory travel authorization form, breaching their mandatory 14-day quarantine period and having unauthorized visitors in a place of quarantine.
All of the charges allegedly occurred after the couple returned to the island from overseas on Sunday July 11.
TNN’s Trevor Lindsay spoke with the couple after their brief court appearance this morning. Mr. Watson called this morning’s delay a small “personal victory,” because he believes that the longer the case stretches out, the more likely it will lose its relevance.
“ The negative part of the delay is that people who do not have a voice in this situation right now [such as unvaccinated people and people who have recovered from COVID],” he said. “ This has become a pandemic of the unvaccinated, when the only people who are really travelling are vaccinated people.”
Despite being unvaccinated himself, Mr. Watson was able to receive Switzerland’s version of a SafeKey certificate, called the Swiss COVID certificate. He was able to apply for the certificate using an antibody test. The results came within an hour of applying for the certificate.
“ In returning home to Bermuda [from Switzerland], I was subject to two weeks’ quarantine, being told that I am not fit to be in society and that I’m a risk to my community,” Mr. Watson explained. “ At the same time, there are no steps being taken by the government to allow me to prove that I have immunity status. That is the injustice that we are trying to fight in the bigger picture.”
According to him, the Health Department called him once during his last two-week quarantine period. This is in stark contrast to when he and Ms. Cannonier returned to the island just over five months ago, when police surrounded their residence for over five hours.
Ms. Cannonier believes that the case against them is not strong enough to be heard sooner rather than later and that the Crown needs more time to gather their witnesses and evidence. Both Ms. Cannonier and Mr. Watson say that people within the community thank them almost every day for standing up for what they think is right.
“ We never intended this to be as big as it is now,” Mr. Watson said. “ This has really been about protecting our family and children from the authorities . . . There is a much bigger picture to this and I am proud to say that we can wave that flag and are standing behind our values and not simply rolling up our sleeves and taking a needle because it is more convenient.”
Due to his personal choice to not get vaccinated, Mr. Watson has lost clients, friends and many other things that were close to him. However, he remains confident in the fact that he is standing behind his values.
“ We made sure that our children have natural antibodies against COVID-19,” Ms. Cannonier added. “ No injection is going near them. They are warriors and we are training them how to survive in the world,” Ms. Cannonier said.
Various doctors were supposed to speak during this morning’s trial in defence of Ms. Cannonier and Mr. Watson. They are Dr. Paul Alexander, PhD, Peter McCullough, MD, MPH, Christina Parks, PhD, Leland Stillman, PhD, and Amne Osseyran, MDPost Views: 129By admin — 2 months ago
Michael Watson and his wife, Sophia Cannonier, are set to appear in court at 9:30 am on December 13-14, 2021 to face seven charges.
The court proceedings are the Department of Health’s response to the civil disobedience displayed by the Cannonier-Watson family at the LF Wade International Airport when they returned to the island with two of their young children on Sunday, July 11, 2021.