This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a change in Covid-19 guidelines by cutting the length of quarantine time from 10 days to five for those people who test positive for coronavirus but are asymptomatic.

After the five days of quarantine, those who tested positive must wear a mask for the remaining five days in order to prevent the chance of spreading the virus.

It’s a revision that has certainly surprised people considering the recent surge of Covid cases due to the Omicron variants.

Though the CDC has argued that the change in guidance is due to new scientific evidence which suggests it is in the early stages of the virus when Covid transmission occurs.

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“Not all of those cases are going to be severe. In fact many are going to be asymptomatic,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told Associated Press on Monday (December 27) when the announcement was made. “We want to make sure there is a mechanism by which we can safely continue to keep society functioning while following the science.”

Despite this evidence, their reasoning has still left people scratching their heads and hasn’t stopped criticism about the new rule on social media as people are concerned about whether the virus can still be transmitted after five days.

While in times of worry some critique and air their qualms, others turn to humour as the CDC new guidance quickly became a hilarious meme - here are some of the best tweets:

Meanwhile, the CDC’s rule change has been criticised by Lindsay Wiley, an American University public health law expert as she told AP she believes this new set of guidance will confuse the public and are “happening at a time when more people are testing positive for the first time and looking for guidance.”

Only time will tell if the move has paid off, but until then at least we can take comfort in some funny memes.

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