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As new COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the us the CDC updated its guidance for preventing virus spread in K through 12 schools and a new call for variant specific vaccines.

Across the us a 7-day average of more than 600-thousand new COVID-19 cases a day hospitalizations nearing a record high

“Omicron has rapidly become the predominant variant and cases have substantially increased to rates higher than we have seen at any point throughout this pandemic.”

COVID-19 cases in children

Reach a record level, too With that new CDC guidance to help slow the spread in K through 12 schools

The agency says unvaccinated children exposed to the virus should quarantine for at least five days after that exposure.

Infected students, teachers and staff should isolate for at least five full days

After that masks are recommended around others for another five days. The agency also urges some extracurricular and sports activities to be canceled or go virtual to protect
in-person learning.

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