Travelling is a great way of celebrating Christmas and the New Year, but it’s also a reason for experts to be more worried about new infections with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) itself recently announced shorter COVID-19 quarantine periods.
Until the latest decision, people needed 14 days of quarantine, as officials believe it’s the best way of reducing the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
Quarantine ends in a maximum of 10 days
According to CDC’s new decision, quarantined people can be released after ten days even without a COVID-19 test that confirms their recovery. Furthermore, their quarantine can end even in seven days if their test comes back negative. In both cases, the people who are quarantined have to report no symptoms of the pandemic disease whatsoever.
However, the CDC still noted that the classical quarantine period of 14 days is still the best way of reducing the risk of spreading the disease.
Dr Henry Walke, who is the incident manager for the COVID-19 response of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, declared:
If you do decide to travel, the CDC recommends that travellers consider getting tested one to three days before travel, and again three to five days after travel,
This should be done in combination with reducing non-essential activities for seven days after travel.
But getting tested for COVID-19 still doesn’t eliminate all risk of infection, and the travel can become a lot safer if people practice social distancing, frequently wash their hands, and wear a mask.
The fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus isn’t easy at all, and the CDC knows it very well. The agency also advised people to watch out for symptoms of COVID-19 even 14 days after the exposure occurred.