On Monday, the CDC announced new isolation guidelines for those who test positive for COVID-19. On Tuesday, the NFL and NFLPA followed suit, adopting the same practices within the league's protocols for the rest of the season and future going forward.
As indicated above, the CDC dropped the recommended quarantine time from 10 days to five days. This includes both those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated. In the NFL's case, this refers to those who are asymptomatic. However, the CDC indicates even those showing symptoms can leave isolation after five days if their symptoms are improving.
The NFL has seen players who are vaccinated return earlier than 10 days if they're able to provide two negative tests after a positive test. However, this new rule will allow players to return much sooner, whether they can provide a negative test or not.
Overall, this is a huge adjustment by the CDC during the COVID-19 pandemic. As scientists learn more about this life-altering virus, it feels like society is gaining control of COVID-19. As indicated in CNN's article (linked in this article), vaccinations and boosters are helping the battle against COVID-19, both in the general public and now in the NFL.