Since March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that individuals exposed to someone with COVID-19 self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure. Last week, the CDC issued its much-anticipated updated guidance suggesting that, depending on “local circumstances and resources,” individuals may be able to exit self-quarantine sooner than 14 days.
Based on data modeling, the CDC has highlighted that it may not be necessary to require an individual to remain self-quarantined for 14 days after exposure to COVID-19. According to the CDC, a 14-day self-quarantine is still the gold standard, with a median 0.1% chance of transmitting the virus 14 days after exposure. The data suggests that after a 10-day self-quarantine, however, there is a median 1.4% chance of transmitting the virus, and after a 7-day self-quarantine, a 10.7% chance of transmitting the virus.
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