CDC reduces recommended quarantine time to five days

Cdc Recommendations

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller

Earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cut down on the recommended isolation time for anyone who’s been exposed to COVID-19.

According to the CDC, if you don’t have symptoms or have a negative test, you need to quarantine and wear a mask for five days. That’s down from the previously recommended 10 days.

But Emergi-Care Family Medical Clinic Dr. Phillip K. Bobo said people should continue isolating for 10 days after an exposure, because it’s safer for others.

“The problem with that is you may test positive and your symptoms may develop later,” said Bobo. “I understand why they’re trying to (reduce the quarantine period), so people can get back to functioning, but as far as having statistical data that tells us that that’s OK, I don’t think we’ve got it yet.”

You can find more information about the quarantine reduction period right here.

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