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The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention have started to adjust their COVID-19 guidelines to reflect the amount of vaccinated individuals in the public.

One of the major adjustments being made by the CDC is in regards to the quarantine timeline for those who are exposed to COVID-19. Generally people have been asked to self-isolate for 5-14 days after exposure to someone who is COVID positive. But now the CDC says that if someone has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, there is no need to quarantine.

The CDC considers someone to be "fully vaccinated" two weeks after they complete their vaccine regimen.

For right now, the guidelines only extend out for a three month period. That's likely because the research on vaccine recipients only goes for 3 months right now. Those involved in the clinical trials are still being monitored, and this time frame will likely be adjusted as more data comes in.

In addition to this announcement from the CDC, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases declared that we will be in "open season" for vaccines by April. Meaning that anyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one in the United States. He added that we will likely achieve herd immunity through the vaccine rollout faster than some anticipated. This news mixed with the new quarantine guidance from the CDC puts the end of the panemic in sight for much of the country.

 

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