Incident Commander Farr on new CDC Omicron Variant Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new recommendations this week shortening isolation and quarantine periods for the Omicron variant.

KGVO News spoke to Missoula City County Health Department Incident Commander Cindy Farr on Wednesday for her reaction to the new guidelines.

“We are reviewing the CDC guidance that came out yesterday and we’re updating our protocols,” said Farr. “Basically what they’re saying is that they have enough research now that they believe that the most contagious period is the first two days before you get sick, and the first three days after you have symptoms, and so they’re recommending a shortened isolation and quarantine period for some individuals. Basically at this time, they’re shortening it to five days if you remain asymptomatic.”

For those who are symptomatic, Farr said more guidance is coming.

“We’re still getting into some of the details for what happens if you are symptomatic and how long that period is going to be,” she said. “We’re kind of digging for that information right now but we’re going to be updating our protocols according to the guidance the CDC put out.”

With reports that symptoms with the Omicron variant are milder than the Delta variant, Farr said it is important

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