CDC Says Shorter Quarantine is OK with Negative COVID-19 Test

The CDC on Wednesday announced that COVID-19 quarantines can be shortened to seven days after negative test results and no symptoms.

CDC COVID-19 incident manager Henry Walke said 14 days remains the baseline quarantine recommendation for people exposed to someone diagnosed with the coronavirus. But the shortened time periods — 10 days without symptoms and 7 days with no symptoms and a negative test — are intended to give people more options for returning to work.

That negative test should be from a genetic PCR test, not a rapid test, which is more likely to return a false negative if someone is not tested at the peak of their infection.

This change does not affect people who have tested positive for COVID-19, who are still required to self-isolate for 10 days.

Read the source article at BuzzFeed News

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