New CDC advice says people are exempt from some COVID-19 quarantine rules after a 2nd vaccine dose

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A healthcare worker receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

  • “Fully vaccinated” people need not quarantine if after they are exposed to COVID-19, the CDC said.
  • Full vaccination is the point two weeks after getting a second COVID-19 shot.
  • The CDC said the benefits of not quarantining outweight the risks of passing on the virus.
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People who have been fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, according to newly-updated guidance from the CDC

The new rules mean people can skip quarantine if they:

  • Got the second dose of a vaccine more than 2 weeks ago, but less than 3 months ago.
  • Experienced no symptoms of COVID-19 since they were exposed. 

Only the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccine are being distributed in the US at the moment.

People who aren’t vaccinated are still supposed to quarantine for 14 days after they have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Full protection against COVID-19 is reached by the immune system one week after the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and two weeks after the second dose of the Moderna vaccine, according to Insider’s Hilary Brueck.

The new CDC guidance said that if a single-dose vaccine becomes available, one dose will be enough to skip quarantine after being exposed to someone who might have COVID-19.

The guidance admitted that it is not yet clear whether someone who has been vaccinated could still pass on the coronavirus to someone else

However, in their decision, they said that less quarantining is a benefit that outweighs the risk of increased transmission.

It is not yet clear whether vaccines will protect against new variants of the coronavirus, so people who have been fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks and respect social distancing rules, the CDC said.

Public health guidelines have continued to change as experts find out more about the virus and how to treat it.

A study from the agency recently showed that wearing two masks at once, one surgical mask underneath a cloth mask, improves the protection given by about 50%.

It is not yet clear whether the vaccines continue protecting against COVID-19 beyond three months after the second dose is taken.

However, “there is confidence in protection for those 90 days following vaccination”, Saskia Popescu, an epidemiologist and infection preventionist at George Mason University in Virginia, told NBC news.

The recommendations will “likely evolve” as we learn more about how long the vaccine protects against COVID-19, Popescu said. 

Read more: All the ad agencies benefitting from HHS’s $115 million vaccine education campaign

The CDC had previously recommended that people who have recovered from COVID-19 don’t need to go into quarantine for 90 days

The guidance will be reviewed when new data becomes available, the CDC said.

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Trump’s DC hotel is hiking prices for March 4 – the day QAnon followers think the former president will be sworn in

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The north entrance of the Trump International in Washington, DC.

  • QAnon followers believe that Trump will be sworn in on March 4, 2021.
  • This belief is rooted in a conspiracy theory that all presidents post-1871 are illegitimate.
  • Trump’s DC hotel is the only one in the area to have hiked prices for March 4, Forbes reported.
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QAnon’s most dedicated followers still believe that former President Donald Trump, who lost the 2020 presidential election, is yet to be sworn in.

March 4, 2021 is a day they have marked in their diaries, insisting that is the date when Trump will be inaugurated in Washington, DC, and, ultimately, return to power.

Coincidentally, Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC is hiking up the prices of suites around that period. The hotel, just blocks away from the White House, has almost tripled the rates for some rooms on the nights of March 3 and 4, according to Forbes.

Read more: 7 yuuge reasons Donald Trump isn’t going away.

The sovereign citizen movement

The reason why QAnon supporters place so much importance on March 4 is rooted in the bizarre beliefs of the ‘sovereign citizen movement.’

It believes that Americans are not subject to a variety of federal laws. The basis for this is that a law, enacted in 1871, secretly turned the US into a corporation rather than a nation.

Consequently, they view every president inaugurated since as illegitimate. Members of the sovereign citizen movement believe that former President Ulysses S. Grant was the last legitimate president.

Grant, like other presidents in the 19th century, was inaugurated on March 4. The sovereign citizen movement believes that the republic will be restored and Trump will become the US’s 19th president on March 4, 2021.

This fantasy has gained traction with the hardcore of QAnon adherents attempting to make sense of President Joe Biden’s recent inauguration, according to Vice.

March 4 appears to have become a marketing opportunity for Trump’s DC hotel.

The normal rate for a deluxe king in March would usually run between $476 and $596, according to Forbes. This year, the same type of room is priced has almost tripled. On March 3 and 4, the magazine reported that the room is going for $1,331 per night.

The price hike is exclusive to the Trump International Hotel, according to Zach Everson in his 1100 Pennsylvania newsletter.

Other luxury hotels in the White House’s vicinity appear to have standard rates for the nights of March 3 and 4, Everson said.

Trump International Hotel did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment for this story.

This would not be the first time that a Trump hotel had raised its rates to coincide with a political event.

On January 5 and 6, Trump International raised its rates significantly. The cheapest room available was $8,000 on the night of the deadly insurrection, according to Forbes’ reporter Suzanne Rowan Kelleher.

On January 7, the hotel’s managing director shared that the Capitol siege’s week was one of “record-breaking” numbers.

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