According to the Associated Press, the CDC relaxed its COVID-19 guidance on Aug. 12. Self-isolation upon close contact with someone infected with COVID-19 and the six-feet physical distancing rule were among the measures relaxed by the public health agency.
Earlier, the public health agency said those who are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations should stay home for at least five days when they come into close contact with a COVID-positive person. But under the new guidelines, the CDC scrapped home isolation – instead urging the use of high-quality face masks for 10 days and a COVID-19 test after five days.
CDC officials justified the move, driven by a recognition that an estimated 95 percent of Americans 16 years old and up have acquired some level of immunity either through vaccination or a previous infection.
Greta Massetti, chief of the CDC's Field Epidemiology and Prevention Branch, said: "The current conditions of the pandemic are very different from those of the last two years." Massetti, a senior scientist with the agency, also authored the guidelines.
Furthermore, the CDC dropped guidance recommending students exposed to COVID-19 undergo regular testing – in lieu of home quarantine – as a prerequisite to continue attending in-person classes. It also downgraded guidelines for face coverings, only recommending them in areas with high community transmission or when a person is considered at high risk of severe illness.
Nevertheless, the agency reiterated that COVID-positive individuals should quarantine themselves for at least five days regardless of their vaccination status. They can end isolation if they do not experience a fever for 24 hours without taking any medicine.
The new recommendations, which essentially acknowledge that vaccinated people are not protected from COVID-19 infection, were a boon for lawyers challenging compulsory vaccination. Several of them spoke out in support of the argument that the CDC's guidelines collapse the justification for vaccine mandates. (Related: Our turn: Americans have every right to sue over covid mandates, especially now that the CDC is backtracking on its guidance.)
Attorney Michael Senger of the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) pointed out that millions of Americans have lost their livelihoods and faced exclusion "from everyday life activities and basic medical care" because of "a differentiation that the CDC now admits does not make sense."
Attorney Jenin Younes, Senger's colleague at the NCLA, wrote in an email that defendants in natural immunity lawsuits the alliance filed will definitely argue that the CDC's new guidance renders the complaints moot. The NCLA has filed many cases arguing for the superiority of natural immunity over vaccine-induced immunity against COVID-19.
"However, because we argued that their constitutional rights were already violated, and we are seeking recognition of that going forward, the courts should not dismiss the appeals (or cases still pending in lower courts) on mootness grounds," she added.
Attorney R. Davis Younts said the new CDC guidance "absolutely should" affect military vaccine mandates, even though that is not the case in real life. "The whole justification for denying religious accommodation [requests] is that there's no safe alternative to the vaccine," he argued.
David Hacker, senior counsel for the First Liberty Institute (FLI), called on the Department of Defense to either "rescind its ill-conceived vaccine mandate or provide religious accommodation" for FLI's clients – which include members of the Navy and Air Force.
Joshua Yoder, co-founder of U.S. Freedom Flyers (USFF), wrote in an email that the new guidance is "another mile marker in the long march of incompetence from Washington bureaucrats that claims to follow 'science' yet this science has been out for well over a year and has been by the CDC and the corporations that are clearly state actors." USFF challenged vaccine mandates for airline pilots.
Yale University epidemiologist Dr. Harvey Risch also put in his two cents on the updated recommendations.
"This implies that mandates based on two-dose vaccination are now useless," he wrote, adding that the case for boosters is not much stronger. "This was the only potential compelling interest in vaccine mandates."
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