Update on CDC Infection Control Guidance
The CDC has updated its infection prevention and control guidance for healthcare settings for the COVID-19 pandemic. These updates do not contain substantial changes in recommended practices, rather, have primarily been made to streamline and consolidate existing healthcare infection prevention and control guidance so that it is applicable to multiple settings and scenarios. This will make it easier for healthcare providers to find relevant guidance. As a part of this update, multiple setting-specific guidance documents such as those for dental offices, assisted living facilities, emergency medical services, and dialysis clinics have been streamlined and combined into the main infection prevention and control guidance for healthcare settings.
The updated Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19) is applicable to all U.S. settings where healthcare is delivered, including dental settings. Dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) should refer to this guidance, which includes a section specific to dental settings, for infection control considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of September 10, 2021, the Guidelines for Dental Settings will display a web banner noting that the page will no longer be updated, and webpage visitors will be redirected to the Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Updates to the interim recommendations include:
- Clarified source control recommendations for HCP, patients, and visitors, to better align with community guidance including limited circumstances where fully vaccinated individuals could choose not to wear source control.
- Updated quarantine recommendations for fully vaccinated patients with exposure to SARS-CoV-2 to be consistent with community guidance.