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CDC to Shorten Quarantine for People who are Exposed to COVID-19

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is finalizing plans to shorten the recommended length of the quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19.

The CDC currently recommends that individuals quarantine for 14 days. The two weeks is based on how long scientists believe it can take the virus to incubate in the body.

“CDC is always reviewing its guidance and recommendations in the light of new understandings of the virus that causes COVID-19, and will announce such changes when appropriate,” a spokesperson for the agency told NBC News on Tuesday, November 24.

According to CDC Director, Dr. Robert Redfield said in an October briefing that the agency was considering shortening the length of quarantine by up to a week.

The former Head of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden, agreed that it may be necessary to make quarantines more palatable to the general public.

“We need to optimize quarantine,” said Frieden, who currently serves as president of the global public health initiative, Resolve to Save Lives. “We know that the biggest risk is from days four to seven. After that, the risk is lower” for transmission, he said.

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