The CDC, which stands for Centers for Disease Control, has just made some new rules for what people should do in the unfortunate case in which they are diagnosed with the new coronavirus. These new guidelines mention the fact that individuals that test positive for COVID-19 should isolate themselves for a minimum of 10 days after symptoms first appear. Once there is a general improvement in symptoms and the person have been free of fever for at least 24 hours without any use of medication that decreases fever, quarantine can end. Patients that are infected, but do not present any symptoms, can simply end their quarantine 10 days after they have had their first positive test for the new coronavirus.
Reason for Changes
In a statement made by the agency, it is explained that this update incorporates a lot of recent evidence, thus informing the duration of the isolation and other measures that need to be taken so that transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is less likely to occur. Another goal of these revised guidelines is to limit the time spent unnecessarily in quarantine.
In the past, the CDC has suggested that people stop their quarantine after 14 days and has also recommended that they have two negative tests before they can end their isolation. The agency has warned, however, that there are some individuals with a severe form of the illness, case in which a more extended duration of isolation is recommended, approximately 20 days.
Advice that Stayed the Same
There is, however, one advice that the CDC has given in the past and the agency still sticks to it. They recommend that if you have been exposed to someone suffering from COVID-19, you should isolate yourself at home for a minimum of 14 days after you have first been exposed to the person, so you should really not kid yourself in this particular scenario.