New CDC guidance on how long to quarantine

On December 2, the CDC issued new guidance on quarantine after potential exposure to COVID-19. It had been indicating a 14 day quarantine period. The revision now adds to additional options for reducing quarantine for individuals who do not have symptoms. These individuals can end their quarantine

  • After day 10 if they did not take a test; or
  • After day seven if they received a negative test result (the test should not be administered more than 48 hours before the end of the seven-day period).

After stopping quarantine, individuals should continue to watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure. If individuals develop symptoms, they should immediately self-isolate and contact their local public health authority or health care provider.

You can visit the CDC website for more information on Covid-19, staying safe, and possible vaccines.