Updated: Jan 3
Monday - The CDC has cut the isolation period for those with Covid-19.
Those who are asymptomatic with Covid-19 are now recommended to isolate 5 days instead of the previous recommendation of 10 days - though they are recommended to wear a mask around others for five days. According to the CDC, there is growing evidence that people with Covid-19 are most infectious two days before and three days after the onset of symptoms.
Shorter quarantine and isolation periods will allow people to return to work or school quicker and may reduce widespread distributions and supply chain issues.
The guidance does not say whether or not people should test negative before ending their isolation period.
Guidance for those who are vaccinated has not changed. Those in this group are recommended to still wear masks inside and get testing but don’t have to quarantine after exposure.