CDC Announces Shorter Quarantine Guidelines After a COVID-19 Exposure


During a recent media briefing, the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an  update to quarantine guidelines, offering options for  shorter quarantine periods. 

The CDC’s updated guidance allows for the following  quarantine periods for those who may have been  exposed to COVID-19 but are without symptoms: 

  • Ten-day quarantine period—An individual  may end quarantine 10 days after exposure  if the individual does not take a COVID-19  test.  
  • Seven-day quarantine period—An individual  may end quarantine seven days after  

exposure if the individual tests negative for  COVID-19. 

While offering these shorter alternatives, the CDC  still recommends a 14-day quarantine as the safest option.  

“We can safely reduce the length of  quarantine, accepting that there is a  small residual risk that a person who  is leaving quarantine early could transmit to someone else if they  became infected.”
- Dr. John Brooks, COVID-19 response  chief medical officer for the CDC
Updated Quarantine Guidelines 

These updated quarantine guidelines come after the  CDC studied the incubation period for COVID-19. The  agency hopes that this shortened time period will  improve compliance among the general public and  lessen the negative economic impact of extended  quarantine periods.  

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the CDC  continues to update guidance for preventing the  spread of COVID-19. For more information on the  coronavirus pandemic, contact Conner Insurance  today. 

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