COVID-19 quarantine now 10 days, 7 with test, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shortened the quarantine period for close contacts of people with COVID-19. That period is now 10 days if the person doesn’t develop symptoms — or seven days, if the person has no symptoms and gets a negative test at the right point in time.

Previously, the CDC recommended that close contacts quarantine for 14 days after exposure. The new guidelines say people can stop quarantining after 10 days if no symptoms emerge; they can exit quarantine even earlier, at seven days, if they test negative for the virus with a diagnostic test on Day 5 or later. Both PCR tests and antigen tests will work for this purpose, Dr. John Brooks, the Chief Medical Officer for the CDC’s COVID-19 response, said in a news briefing on Wednesday (Dec. 2). 

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