ENC business, health care official react to new CDC guidelines for COVID-19

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – The Centers for Disease Control has announced new protocols when it comes to COVID-19 infections. They say the isolation period is no longer five days – but that there are certain conditions that need to be met before someone should return to work.

Uptown Nutrition owner Ariana Niehaus says she will implement a variation of the new CDC recommendation that says people who contract COVID-19 no longer have to isolate for five days.

“I would say at least three days, I mean I would say stay home, like I want you to also recover like, as a person I care about you so I want you to recover,” says Niehaus.

The new guidelines state it’s safe to return to normal activities when a person is fever-free for 24 hours without taking fever medication.

Health Director Wes Gray with the Pitt County Health Department says the change applies to everyone, regardless of whether or not they have received a COVID-19 vaccination.

“We’ve seen other states do this, California and Oregon have relaxed their guidelines, we’ve seen other countries do this, Canada, Australia, France and they see no increase in the level of COVID-19 illness, hospitalizations or deaths,” says Gray.

The CDC says the change brings a unified approach to addressing risks from a range of common respiratory viral illnesses including COVID, flu and RSV.

They say those who are immunocompromised and contract COVID-19 should consult their doctor on how to proceed.

“I don’t know, it’s hard, it really is a hard thing because you want to make sure that they’re not able to pass it because that’s the whole thing you want to make sure keeping everyone safe,” says Niehaus.

The CDC recommends wearing a mask for five days as a safety precaution and says it’s also important to practice good hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes, washing or sanitizing hands often, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces.