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CDC to reduce quarantine time for those exposed to COVID-19

The CDC will likely cut quarantine time in half after exposure to the novel coronavirus.

In this May 27, 2020 file photo, quarantine tents set up for recruits arriving at the Marine Corps’ Parris Island Recruit Depot, S.C. The tents were used until earlier in the week and now recruits go through quarantine at the Citadel, the Marine college in Charleston, S.C.
In this May 27, 2020, file photo, quarantine tents set up for recruits arriving at the Marine Corps’ Parris Island Recruit Depot, S.C. The tents were used until earlier in the week and now recruits go through quarantine at the Citadel, the Marine college in Charleston, S.C.
Lolita Baldor, Associated Press

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it will reduce the quarantine time for those exposed to the novel coronavirus, CNN reports.

  • The CDC said a 14-day quarantine is the “best way to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.”

Dr. Henry Walke, the agency’s Covid-19 incident manager, said the decision can help make people deal with economic hardship, according to CNBC.

  • “We continue to refine our guidance to prevent transmission and protect Americans,” Walke said. “Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to follow critical public health action by reducing the economic hardship associated with a longer period, especially if they cannot work during that time.”

Flashback:

Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the CDC, recently told Vice President Mike Pence and the White House Coronavirus Task Force the CDC will soon issue a new guidance that lowers the number of days close contacts should quarantine after potential COVID-19 exposure, according to CNN.

Details:

  • Quarantine time will change from 14 days to 7 to 10 days from exposure.
  • Individuals can end the quarantine after seven days if they get a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Individuals can end quarantine after 10 days if they don’t get tested.

Why now?

  • The CDC reportedly made this change because of recent data the agency has reviewed for weeks, CNN reports.
  • Pence has also been pushing for this move for weeks, according to CNN.

What now?

Health officials still push for Americans to embrace social distancing and to wear face masks when they’re around other people. Even though a vaccine is on the way, these measures can help people stay safe from the coronavirus.