Coronavirus tally: CDC and FDA update guidelines relating to COVID testing and masking


Two federal agencies updated guidance related to COVID on Thursday, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropping its quarantine recommendation for people who come in contact with an infected person. Instead, the agency recommends wearing a high-quality mask indoors for 10 days and planning to get tested five days after the exposure. People should also take “extra precautions” around people at high risk for severe disease for 10 days. The CDC previously said people who were not up to date on their vaccinations needed to quarantine after an exposure. Separately, the Food and Drug Adminstration told people they should take additional at-home COVID-19 tests in some instances even if they’ve tested negative for the virus using an at-home rapid test. If someone has tested negative but has COVID_19 symptoms, they should wait 48 hours and test a second time. U.S. known cases of COVID seem to be declining based on numbers provided by a New York Times tracker, although the true tally is likely higher given how many people are testing at home, where the data are not being collected. The daily average for new cases stood at 105,818 on Thursday, according to a New York Times tracker, down 17% from two weeks ago. The daily average for hospitalizations was down 3% at 42,825, while the daily average for deaths is up 8% to 474. Globally, the confirmed case tally rose above 588.5 million on Tuesday, according to data aggregated by Johns 2Hopkins, while the death toll is above 6.43 million with the U.S. leading the world with 92.7 million cases and 1,036,325 deaths.

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