CDC Shortens Recommended Quarantine Period
December 4, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shortened its recommended quarantine guidelines for people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. The CDC, which had recommended a 14-day quarantine since the start of the pandemic earlier this year, now recommends that people who have been potentially exposed to Covid-19 should quarantine for 10 or seven days, depending on test results and symptoms.
The CDC says that if individuals do not develop symptoms without testing, they only need to quarantine for 10 days. This period can be shortened to a week after receiving a negative test result.
On its website, the CDC says that the agency and other scientists "have explored changing the current recommendation to quarantine for 14 days after last exposure. Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to quarantine by reducing economic hardship if they cannot work during this time. In addition, a shorter quarantine period can lessen stress on the public health system, especially when new infections are rapidly rising."