Coronavirus quarantine times can be shorter, per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency announced that the quarantine time could be as short as seven to 10 days for some, with 14 days still the safest option.
The CDC said that people could leave quarantine after 10 days without taking a test if they don’t develop symptoms within that time frame. If you’re exposed to someone, you can end quarantine after 10 days with no symptoms, or 7 days with a negative test and no symptoms.
Dr. John Brooks, chief medical officer for CDC’s Covid-19 response, said during a telebriefing Wednesday that the new information was based on extensive modeling and research. Brooks hopes it will make quarantine more accessible and that more people will stay home after being exposed to the coronavirus.
“We believe that if we can reduce the burden a little bit, accepting that it comes at a small cost, we may get a greater compliance overall with people completing a full quarantine,” Brooks said. “If we get more people on board to complete that overall, that will result in fewer infections.”
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