There are some new guidelines regarding what an individual should do in the case in which they are infected with the new coronavirus has been updated by the Centers for Disease Control, also abbreviated as CDC.
There are some revised guidelines for quarantine which mention that people who test positive for COVID-19 should immediately isolate themselves for a minimum of 10 days, but after symptoms appear. That period of isolation can stop after the infected person feels better and their fever has gone away for at least 24 hours without the use of medication that reduces fever. Patients who do not show any symptoms should quarantine themselves for 10 days, but are then allowed to go, even if they still positive. The only thing that matters is that 10 days have passed since their first positive test for COVID-19.
In a statement made by the Centers for Disease Control, it was specified that this update in their recommendations takes recent evidence from various studies to suggest a new duration of precautions and isolation so that the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to other people can be prevented. This also limits any unnecessary prolonging of the isolation and the useless use of testing resources in the laboratory.
In the past, the CDC has recommended that people should isolate themselves for 14 days and have at least two negative tests of COVID-19 before they can end their isolation. The agency also warns that some people that are suffering from a stronger case of COVID-19 could have to stay in isolation longer, even up to 20 days, sot he virus can be flushed completely from their system.
There is, however, one thing in the recommendations of the CDC that has remained the same. The agency still suggests that people who have been exposed to someone that is infected with COVID-19 should stay at home for a minimum of 14 days since they have first been exposed to that person.