CDC Changing Quarantine Requirements from 14 to 10 Days
By Mark Askelson firstname.lastname@example.org (12/3/20)
Ada, MN — The Centers for Disease Control is expected to update its guidance for quarantine requirements. Since the pandemic had started, the CDC has stated that the typical COVID-19 quarantine period is 14 days, but the CDC is now revising its guidance to state that quarantines could be reduced to 10 days for those who were exposed to someone with the virus, or 7 days if you received a negative test. Sarah Kjono of Norman-Mahnomen Public says they hope the decreased quarantine period will increase compliance.
According to Dr. John Brooks, the CDC’s Chief Medical Officer for COVID response, ending quarantine after 10 days without a negative test leads to a 1% risk of spreading the virus to others, while a 7-day quarantine with a negative test leads to a 5% risk.
However while the CDC has indicated the change in quarantine requirements, Kjono says they will wait for the state to give their approval before they will change theirs.
If you’ve tested positive, the CDC guidance is that you can end quarantine 10 days after symptoms first appeared provided you’ve been fever-free without medication for 24 hours and all other symptoms have improved.
If you’ve tested positive but are asymptomatic, you must quarantine for 10 days following the positive test.