According to the latest guidelines posted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you don’t need to be tested or to quarantine if you’re fully vaccinated. This is still true even if you’ve been exposed to someone who was sick. There is an exception: You might develop COVID-19-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and fatigue, which in any case, you should be tested and see your doctor or go to the hospital but remember many common colds and viruses can cause similar symptoms to COVID-19, which experts say could lead to a lot of unnecessary testing in the fall.
But” sick is sick.” And even if it turns out that you do not have COVID-19, you still most likely had something needing medical attention and treatment.
The new updated guidance from the CDC says that recent studies show that vaccinated people face little risk of serious disease, and even if you become infected, you are less likely to spread it to others and the symptoms will, more than likely, be milder.
Most companies do not track their employee’s vaccination status. CDC says vaccinated people can also be excluded from routine workplace screening, though many companies aren’t tracking employees’ vaccination status.
Where is screening still recommended for people? It is recommended to those working or living in homeless shelters or prisons, due to the higher risk of outbreaks in those types of group settings.
An important exception to the CDC guidance is that the relaxed guidelines do not apply to doctors, nurses and other health care workers, whose employers might still require testing or U.S. citizens returning from abroad. If you leave or are out of the country, you will still have to present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding your flight home, whether vaccinated or not. And if you do test positive for COVID-19, the CDC says you should still isolate for 10 days.
Authorities hope that people will retain some of the healthy hygiene habits they acquired during the pandemic such as washing your hands, staying home from work if you do not feel well, practice social distancing in crowded areas, and wear a mask if you are concerned about spreading anything to others or catching something from others.