New CDC Guidance – Close Contact With COVID-19


Coronavirus infection affects all humans across the globe. According to World Health Organization recommendations, people should follow precautionary measures. Furthermore, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes guidelines and efforts to improve the current condition. Moreover, to control the coronavirus infection. The second and third wave of COVID-19 pandemics has affected multiple regions of the world.

The number of cases is on the rise. Furthermore, as winter is approaching, people need to wear a mask, adopt a healthy lifestyle, and follow all precautionary measures. Moreover, the second wave of the virus combined with winter can result in fatal outcomes. 

COVID-19 Transmission

The COVID-19 virus spreads through droplets in the air. The size of droplets varies in diameter from >5-10 micrometers. The droplets may have a diameter of <5 micrometers and are called droplet nuclei. The majority of transmission occurs through direct contact with an infected person. Furthermore, there were no reports of any cases of airborne transmission. 

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Droplet transmission occurs when a person comes into contact with a person who has respiratory symptoms. Furthermore, any contact with the mucus and conjunctiva of an infected person can also provide a means of COVID-19 transmission. However, any contact with the surfaces or objects that a COVID-19 patient used can transmit the virus to others.

CDC officially expands the definition of close contact through which the COVID-19 can transmit to others. Furthermore, federal health officials have issued new guidance that increases the number of people that are likely to develop novel coronavirus infections. 

Changes By The CDC

Previously, the CDC defined ‘close-contact’ as a person who spends at least 15-consecutive minutes within six-feet of a confirmed COVID-19 patient. The close contact definition helped monitor patient contact with other people. Furthermore, it determines who else is likely to develop COVID-19 infection. Moreover, to control the spread of the coronavirus. 

With the update of guidelines and changes in the definition of close contact, the number of COVID-19 virus carriers increases. Now monitoring every individual who contacts any COVID-19 patient for a total of 15-minutes or more within 24-hours is essential. Moreover, it is a requirement for contact tracing, as per the new statement of CDC this Wednesday. 

The change in guidelines will have an impact on schools, workplaces, and group settlements. Furthermore, the effect will be everywhere where people are in contact with each other for longer durations. Adding to this, the duration of exposure to the COVID-19 virus underscores the importance of wearing face coverings. Moreover, the CDC advises people to follow all precautionary measures without negligence. 

What Leads To Change The Definition Of “Close-Contact”?

CDC scientists have been discussing for several weeks about guidance on the transmission of COVID-19. Furthermore, when CDC and Vermont-health officials came to know of a 20-year-old prison employee develop COVID-19 infection. Moreover, the finalization of change occurred then. The prison employee was on an eight-hour shift. Furthermore, he was not in contact with any COVID-19-infected person for consecutive-15 minutes within six-feet. However, the prison employee did spend a total of over 17 minutes with individuals who later tested positive for the virus. Furthermore, contact with a total of 17 minutes occurred within 24 hours.

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Furthermore, the prison employee was wearing a cloth-mask, gown, and eye protection during all of his interactions. However, during a cell doorway and a prison recreation room was not wearing any mask. The CDC suggests that wearing a mask protects an individual and the surrounding community. 

According to Caitlin Rivers, the new guidance is a mandatory change. Furthermore, accumulating 15 minutes in small increments is easy within 24 hours. Thus, individuals need to be extra cautious in following precautionary measures for their safety. Furthermore, the risk of them developing the COVID-19 infection will be high, with new close contact guidance.


Adeena Tariq Lari
The author is a graduate of dental surgery from the Dow University Health Sciences, Karachi. She has an academic background in content writing as well as English literature, giving her an edge in the field. Adeena is always curious about physical and mental health. She is always passionate about research and delivering high-quality reliable content to users.