CDC to relax COVID requirements, shift to individual responsibility

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The CDC is slated to change its requirements around COVID-19 safety, according to documents obtained by CNN.

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reported that the CDC plans to get rid of the six feet social distancing rule, and will stop requiring COVID screening in most circumstances.

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Cohen said they will also ease quarantine rules for everyone, including those who aren't fully vaccinated.

"Currently, the CDC has very specific quarantine rules, and they're going to be easing those really pretty much to the point of nearly getting rid of them," Cohen said.

The CDC is also recommending masking for high-risk individuals in 81% of U.S. Counties. Cohen said that points more of a shift toward individual responsibility for prevention of infection. She said she thinks there will be more individually tailored sets of recommendations going forward.

The U.S. had nearly 165,000 new cases of the virus on Thursday, though many experts suggest current numbers may be an undercount due to at-home tests not being reported.