CDC Drops 5-Day Isolation Guideline For COVID-19

A person holds a sign that reads "No Mask No Way Freedom!" during a protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other issues, Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that it no longer recommends people stay home from work or school for five days after testing positive for COVID-19.

The agency said its new guidance aligns COVID recommendations with the agency’s approach to a range of common respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, flu, and RSV. The update comes as the U.S. reports fewer hospitalizations and deaths linked to COVID-19.