The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came out on Wednesday and stated that they are shortening the recommended quarantine time. Now, a person exposed to the virus can be shortened to seven days with a negative test result and ten days without a test if they don't have symptoms.
"Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to take this critical public health step," said CDC COVID-19 incident manager, Henry Walke.
The Hill reports:
[I]f people do decide to travel, the CDC is recommending that people get tested 1 to 3 days before travel and 3 to 5 days afterward.
Quarantining after being exposed to an infected person is a key step in preventing the virus from spreading further. Exposure is defined as being within six feet of an infected person for 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.
But officials said they are acknowledging that many people are not following the recommendation for a full 14-day quarantine, given that many need to return to work or face other pressures. They hope a shorter period will encourage more people to comply.
Following public health measures is particularly important as the country faces a record level of over 150,000 new cases per day and almost 100,000 hospitalizations.
A surge from Thanksgiving gatherings and travel is expected to only add to the toll in the coming days.
Of course the CDC is still warning that “testing does not eliminate all risk," to those traveling for the holidays. They recommend wearing masks and social distancing.
Walke also told people to avoid crowded places. “Avoid these crowded indoor spaces,” he said.
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