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CDC’s Murky Covid Guidance Puts Health Workers at Risk, Lawmaker Says

  • Covid mask recommendations outdated, Ro Khanna says in letter
  • Isolation, quarantine periods should be longer, letter says
A nurse exits a barrier of a patient's room in the ICU at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.

A nurse exits a barrier of a patient's room in the ICU at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.

Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg
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Covid-19 prevention guidelines should be strengthened for hospitals and clinics, where workers remain at high infection risk even as the omicron surge dissipates, a prominent House Democrat said in a letter to top U.S. public-health official Rochelle Walensky. 

Isolation and quarantine requirements for exposed workers and the public should be lengthened, Representative Ro Khanna of California said in the letter to Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommendations for reusing single-use masks are outdated and should be rescinded, Khanna said.