The Centers for Disease Control has updated its guidelines for what people should do if they are diagnosed with coronavirus illness.
The revised quarantine guidelines say people who test positive for COVID should quarantine for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms. Quarantine can end when the patient shows a general improvement in symptoms, including being fever free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medicines. Asymptomatic patients can end isolation 10 days after the date of their first positive test.
“This update incorporates recent evidence to inform the duration of isolation and precautions recommended to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to others, while limiting unnecessary prolonged isolation and unnecessary use of laboratory testing resources,” the CDC said in a statement.
Previously, the CDC recommended people quarantine for 14 days and have two negative tests to end isolation.
The CDC cautions, however, that some people with severe illnesses may still have an “extended duration of isolation” for up to 20 days.
One thing that hasn’t changed – people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should stay home for at least 14 days after their initial exposure.
According to the CDC, people in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.