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CDC Shortens Quarantine Period to 10 days with no Symptoms

December 2, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated guidelines on how long individuals should quarantine to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

As per CDC, there are two alternatives to the 14-day quarantine:

  1. The first alternative is to end quarantine after 10 days if no symptoms are reported.

  2. The second option is to end quarantine after seven days if an individual tests negative and also reports no symptoms. Either a PCR test or a rapid antigen test can be used to end quarantine after seven days. The test can be given anytime in the 48 hours before quarantine ends, meaning no earlier than day five of quarantine. Even with a negative test on day five, however, a person still must complete the full seven days. And if the test doesn't come back by the end of seven days, the person must quarantine until results come back, or until day 10.

"Still, the shorter periods do come with a small risk that a person may be infected when he or she leaves quarantine. For the 10-day quarantine, the risk of being infected is about 1 percent. For the seven-day quarantine with a negative test, the risk is about 5 percent." - Dr. John Brooks (Chief Medical Officer for the COVID-19 Response, CDC)

Read NBC coverage of this new guidance HERE.


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