NEW YORK (77WABC) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is shortening the recommended quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days if no symptoms are present and down to 7 days with a negative test.
Still, the CDC noted that a 14 day quarantine is still the best way to be safe from spreading the coronavirus.
The decision is based on new research and modeling data. The initial 14-day quarantine is based on the coronavirus’s incubation period which is the length of time it can take for a person to become infected after exposure to the virus.
The CDC also issued guidance for upcoming holiday travel, ultimately urging people to avoid travel if possible. However, those that do choose to travel should get a coronavirus test one to three days before travel, then again three to five days after travel. The testing after travel would be combined with a quarantine for seven days.
Reducing the length of quarantine “may make it easier for people to take this critical action, by reducing the economic hardship associated with a longer period, especially if they cannot work during that time,” said Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s Covid-19 incident manager. He added, “In addition, a shorter quarantine period can lessen stress on the public health system and communities, especially when new infections are rapidly rising.”