The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently advised that it is an option for individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 to quarantine for a shorter period of time if they are not showing symptoms and they have not tested positive for COVID-19.
The CDC suggests that:
• Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing if an individual has reported no symptoms during daily monitoring.
• Quarantine can end after Day 7 if an individual receives a negative test result (testing must occur on Day 5 or later).
The CDC suggests that individuals monitor closely for COVID symptoms (i.e., cough, fever, shortness of breath), continue to practice social distancing, utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves and stay away from individuals who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
The CDC maintained that while a 14-day quarantine remains the safest option, this may be difficult given work and family demands.