Yesterday, the CDC amended its guidance on the duration of quarantine for individuals in close contact with someone else positive with COVID-19. We need to pay close attention to the fine print. All of the headlines are reporting that the CDC has shortened its recommended COVID-19 quarantine period. That’s not, however, what happened.
- Quarantine may end after Day 10 without testing and no reported symptoms during daily monitoring.
- When diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available, quarantine may end after Day 7 with a negative test and no reported symptoms during daily monitoring.
- Persons can discontinue quarantine at these times only if: (a) there is no clinical evidence of COVID-19 detected during daily symptom monitoring during the entirety of quarantine up to the time at which it is discontinued; (b) daily symptom monitoring continues through Day 14; (c) persons strictly adhere to all recommended mitigation measures (masking, physical distancing, etc.) through Day 14; and (d) if symptoms develop the person should immediately self-isolate and contact their healthcare provider.