CDC Changes Quarantine Time

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Dr. Robert Redfield, the Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, notified the White House Coronavirus Task Force there would be new guidelines that will decrease the number of days someone should quarantine after coronavirus exposure, on Dec. 2, 2020.

The change is being implemented as a way for more people to get tested without fear of losing employment and being isolated. New findings suggest this change will bring balance and a more relaxed approach to curb the spread of COVID.

Some medical experts agree that a more relaxed approach will make it easier for people to get involved. The new guidelines recommend individuals who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus should quarantine for seven to ten days, which has decreased from 14 days.

Individuals can end their quarantine in seven days with a negative test result and ten days without a test.

Dr. Redfield also announced at the meeting that the data-driven decision was reviewed for a while before the changes were made to the CDC coronavirus guidelines.

The former Food and Drug Commissioner said on Wednesday that, for people who have COVID-19 but are asymptomatic, meaning they never develop symptoms, chances are they will no longer be very contagious after seven to ten days. The number of people who will contract the infection two weeks after their exposure is also “very small,” he said.

CDC and health experts regularly inform the public to decrease coronavirus spread, and it is important to follow the safety measures put in place.

According to data from WorldoMeter, there have been 14,167,829 reported coronavirus cases thus far in the United States, and 8,358,890 people recovered with 278, 105 deaths.

The Center for Disease Control wants the public to follow safety protocols to stop the spread of coronavirus. They want people to wash their hands, wear their masks, avoid large gatherings, and social distance at least six feet apart.

Written by Teleza Rodgers
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware


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