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CDC Shortens Recommended COVID-19 Isolation Period for Asymptomatic People

CDC Shortens Recommended COVID-19 Isolation Period for Asymptomatic People

The CDC has created new guidelines for people to follow if they test positive for COVID-19 and don’t have any symptoms.

For those who aren’t aware, there is a difference between “isolation” and “quarantine.” People who test positive for the virus must go into an isolation period and people who are just exposed to the virus go into a quarantine period.

The recommended isolation and quarantine periods have both been shortened.

Click inside for the new guidelines…

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 and is not experiencing any symptoms can isolate for just 5 days, down from the 10 days that was previously recommended. These people must wear a mask around others for those five additional days.

People who are exposed to the virus only have to quarantine for five days if they are vaccinated and they can quarantine for “no time” if they are boosted, according to CNN.

“Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others,” the CDC said in a statement.

“The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for 5 days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others,” the statement continued.

The CDC added, “For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.”

“Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19,” the statement concluded.

Three members of a popular music group have all tested positive.

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