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CDC Issues Shorter Quarantine Guidelines after Exposure

Wednesday, December 2, the CDC said the now-standard 14-day quarantine period after exposure to COVID-19 can be cut between seven and 10 days.

CDC Official Henry Walke, The shorter alternatives — offered based on analysis of new research and data — are an attempt by the agency to get more people to follow quarantine guidelines at all.

“Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to follow critical public health action by reducing the economic hardship associated with a longer period — especially if they cannot work during that time,” Walke said.

Health experts have backed the shorter options, even though there is a risk some potential cases could be missed, as it can take up to two weeks for coronavirus symptoms to manifest in someone who is infected.

About 50 percent of people who become sick develop symptoms between the first five or six days after they’re exposed. But the CDC has also said that between 40 and 50 percent of people with COVID-19 don’t show symptoms at all.

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