In a move that affects healthcare workers and their patients, the CDC has refined its guidance regarding the length of quarantine for individuals exposed to COVID-19. Previously, CDC recommendations stated those exposed to someone with the virus should quarantine for 14 days to prevent the potential spread of the disease to others. However, experts have concluded a shorter quarantine period should be safe in most cases.
Trying to ‘thread the needle’ in rationing vaccine
January 8, 2021
A CDC advisory panel has designated frontline essential workers and those age 75 years and older as the next priority groups to receive COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. The decision came amid considerable criticism and controversy at an emergency meeting on Dec. 20, 2020, with the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voting to continue the rationing process while vaccine stocks are insufficient.
Despite its current prevalence in the care of patients, the Pap smear has been used for less than 100 years. A major advancement in the field of screening came in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the identification that the human papilloma virus (HPV). Since the year 2000, there have been multiple progressive cycles of updates to both screening and management guidelines as the result of our rapidly evolving understanding of HPV.