CDC likely to reduce recommended COVID-19 quarantine period

by Joel Abbott · Nov 25th, 2020 1:22 pm
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Last Updated Nov 27th, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are considering retooling their recommendations on coronavirus quarantine periods from the current 14 days to as few as seven.

According to Admiral Brett Giroir, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, there is "a preponderance of evidence that a shorter quarantine complemented by a test might be able to shorten that quarantine period."

Another federal official indicated that those who came in contact with sick individuals would only be asked to isolate themselves for 7-10 days and be allowed to stop quarantine if they test negative at that point.

"Right now, contact tracing efforts in the U.S. are severely hindered by deep disincentives for contacts of cases to quarantine," said Jennifer Nuzzo, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. "A seven- or ten-day quarantine recommendation may be easier for people to bear and hopefully may help get more contacts of cases to comply."

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield has previously indicated in October that the agency was considering the revision.

🔦 Last week, the CDC also updated its advice for international travelers, telling them to "get tested three to five days after travel and stay home for seven days after travel," or to stay home for 14 days without a test.


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