CDC updates its infection prevention and control guidance

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its infection prevention and control guidance for healthcare settings during the COVID-19 pandemic, including its guidelines for dental practices.

The updated guidance does not include major changes, but it has been consolidated so that providers can find relevant information more easily.

The revised guidance includes the following updates:

  • Clarification regarding COVID-19 recommendations for healthcare providers, patients, and visitors to better match community guidance
  • Quarantine recommendations for vaccinated patients who have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2

"Dental healthcare personnel should regularly consult their state dental boards and state or local health departments for current information and recommendations and requirements specific to their jurisdictions, which might change based on [the] level of community transmission in the county where their healthcare facility is located," the CDC said in a statement. "As a reminder, dental healthcare personnel are licensed by their state regulatory body and should practice according to their state dental practice acts or other relevant regulations."

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