CDC shortens the recommended of isolation for coronavirus


If a person tests positive for the coronavirus but does not exhibit symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that they isolate themselves for only five days. This reduces the previous recommendation of 10 days of isolation in half.


According to data, the majority of coronavirus transmission "occurs early in the course of illness," generally one or two days before symptoms begin and two or three days after.

"As a result," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement, "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 reduce the risk of infecting others."

The CDC has also updated its recommended quarantine period for people who have been infected with the virus. Unvaccinated individuals should be quarantined for five days, followed by five days of "strict mask use." Exposed individuals who are more than six months removed from their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two months removed from a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, should also quarantine for five days.

People who have had their booster shot do not need to quarantine after being exposed, but they should wear a mask for the next 10 days.

"The Omicron variant is rapidly spreading and has the potential to impact all aspects of our society," said Dr. Rochelle Walensky of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The CDC's revised isolation and quarantine recommendations strike a balance between what we know about the virus's spread and the protection provided by vaccination and booster doses."

These updates ensure that people can go about their daily lives in safety."

Source: npr