CDC Cuts the Recommended Quarantine Period from 14 to 7 or 10 Days

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Richard Standifer holds a form which airline passengers arriving from cities under a quarantine must fill out at George Bush Intercontinental Airport Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortened the recommended quarantine period for people exposed to the coronavirus from 14 to days to 7 to days. The Wall Street Journal reported that the CDC’s decision reflects new scientific research about how long it takes for the virus to develop in the body.

Now, a person could leave quarantine after seven days if they exhibited no symptoms and have tested negative. Without a test, he or she must quarantine for 10 days, but can leave quarantine if they have no symptoms. He or she should continue to monitor for any symptoms for an additional four days.

A full 14-day quarantine period is still “the best way to reduce risk.”

The CDC recommends anyone traveling should be tested 1-3 days before going on their trip, and be tested 3-5 days after they return.


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