Since the beginning of quarantine, and even before that when cases were low enough to live life normally, the safety rules set by the CDC have been basically the same: social distance at least six feet from other people, where your mask in public places, and no public gatherings.
But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now adjusted their previous definition of what it means to be in “close contact,” with a person who has contracted COVID-19. According to NPR, previously, close contact with a COVID patient would have meant someone who spent at least 15 minutes within six feet of an infected person. This rule has now been studied and updated. The CDC currently defines “close contact” as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Those who are infected are supposed to quarantine themselves.
These new updates may seem minimal, but as this virus has changed our everyday lives, it is important to know how to deal with it and avoid it to stop any more spreading.
For more information on the recent COVID news visit the CDC website.
By Kendal Amos, Sophomore, Little Black Pearl