CDC Adopts Similar COVID Guidelines Florida Introduced 6 Months Ago: ‘Focus on Individuals Making Their Own Decisions’

By Eric Daugherty, Florida's Voice

August 12, 2022 Updated 9:44 AM ET

COVID-19 safety measures in an office building in Minneapolis (Chad Davis).
COVID-19 safety measures in an office building in Minneapolis (Chad Davis).

August 12, 2022 Updated 9:44 A.M. ET

WASHINGTON (FLV) – The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention released an updated guidance for handling COVID-19 that shifted emphasis towards “individuals making their own decisions about their level of risk and how they want to mitigate that risk.”

“CDC streamlines COVID-19 guidance,” they said in a press release. Notable guideline updates including no quarantine requirements for those exposed to COVID-19, unvaccinated individuals now have the same guidance as vaccinated, students may remain in class if they were exposed to the virus, and those showing symptoms are not recommended to be screened for the disease.

“We’re in a stronger place today as a nation, with more tools—like vaccination, boosters, and treatments—to protect ourselves, and our communities, from severe illness from COVID-19,” Greta Massetti, PhD, MPH, MMWR author, told the CDC. “We also have a better understanding of how to protect people from being exposed to the virus, like wearing high-quality masks, testing, and improved ventilation.  This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives.”

Florida Department of Health Press Secretary Jeremy Redfern joked that Florida had similar guidance around six months ago.

“Wait. Who had this guidance 6 months ago?” he Tweeted.

In February, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo released “Buck the CDC” COVID guidelines focused on emphasizing individual decision-making and risk assessment.

The protocols were meant to be “pushing back on unscientific corporate masking, reducing isolation for all Floridians including those in schools and daycares, and recommending that physicians should exercise their individual clinical judgement and expertise based on their patients’ needs and preferences.”

The guidance advised against masking employees, advised health care practitioners and facilities to favor “scientifically based treatment options” for patients, limited the isolation time for children, students, and other Floridians to five days. Find the full guidance here.

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