CDC Plans to Shorten Covid-19 Quarantine Guidlines

The CDC plans to introduce new guidelines decreasing the number of days those exposed to people with Covid-19 should quarantine, according to CNN. Instead of the previous two weeks guideline, people only have to quarantine for seven to 10 days. Those who are exposed have to isolate for a week if they take a Covid-19 test and get a negative result, or should stay home for 10 days if they do not get tested at all, according to the Associated Press.

Updated guidelines define exposure to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 as having several encounters with the person, when six feet apart or closer, and that add up to 15 minutes. However, not all states are immediately jumping on board with the new guidelines when it comes to issuing out of state travel advisories.

“We are currently reviewing it,” a representative of the governor of Washington said, according to Seattle NBC affiliate KING 5 News. “It is possible, but we would also do our own review of the CDC guidance before incorporating it into [the] Governor’s recommendations.”

The guidelines come as the CDC continues to research the incubation period for Covid-19. Researchers were previously convinced that the incubation period extended to 14 days. However, they have since found that most people develop symptoms and become infectious four to five days after exposure to the virus. CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield presented the new findings to the White House coronavirus task force on Tuesday.