CDC Changes for Healthcare Workers

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Abby Bindewald , Writer

As we all know, through the muddle that has been Covid-19, there has been one “set” rule-maker for us to follow- the CDC. The Centers for Disease Control has repeatedly changed its regulations for the virus in the past year, continuously shortening the length of quarantines. What started as fourteen days, turned into ten, and more recently has shortened to just five days; with additional masking for five days after the quarantine is up.

The CDC has also changed its regulations for healthcare workers multiple times. The most recent change for healthcare workers, though, has many of these workers extremely angry and asking a lot of questions about where the CDC’s true morals lie. The CDC’s most recent change to the quarantine guidelines say, in simple terms, that if a healthcare worker tests positive for Covid-19, they only have to quarantine for five days if they become asymptomatic, or if their symptoms begin to reside. However, if their place of work is in a state of crisis in which they do not have enough doctors, nurses, workers, etc., they must go back to work. Yes, even if they are still positive for Covid-19.

This means that our major care providers could become the main source of the spread of Covid-19. This has caused a lot of our health workers to second-guess both the CDC and their careers. A lot of these workers say this new regulation shows a lack of importance for the workers, and they are becoming worried about their physical and mental health.