The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated guidance on quarantine for those exposed to COVID-19.
Up to this point of the global health crisis, the CDC has recommended a two-week quarantine for those who have been exposed to COVID-19. Now, that recommendation is changing to shorten the length of quarantine for some people.
According to CNN, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, Dr. Henry Walke, continues to recommend quarantining for 14 days but notes that there are two alternative quarantine periods. Quarantine can end after 10 days without a COVID-19 test if the person reported no symptoms, or after seven days with a negative test result if the person has reported no symptoms.
Even if they end quarantine early, those who have been exposed should still monitor symptoms for 14 days as symptoms can appear anytime within two weeks after exposure. This change has been made to help make it easier for people to quarantine and lessen stress on the public health system as new infections are rising quickly.
Walke notes, “We are sharing these options with public health agencies across the country so that they can determine how long quarantine period should last in their jurisdictions based on local conditions and needs. Everyone should follow this specific guidance from their local public health authorities about how long they should quarantine.”
We’ll be keeping you up to date on these major changes and how they may influence travel in the future. Many states still require quarantine or a negative test when traveling so check with your local government before any nonessential travel.