CDC: Absolute 2 Week Quarantine No Longer Needed

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced new shorter quarantine options for those exposed to Covid-19: 10 days for those testing positive but are asymptomatic and 7 days for those with a negative test and no symptoms.

CDC has cited new evidence supporting an “acceptable risk” of transmission, which the CDC hopes will increase overall compliance and improve public health and economic constraints.

The CDC, however, also suggested people to postpone travel during the upcoming winter holidays and stay home because of the pandemic.

To be of note, these shorter quarantine recommendations do not replace the initial guidance of 14 days; however, the 10-day and 7-day guidelines were recommended based on some new research, the CDC stated.

The goal of reducing the quarantine days is to make it easier for people to take critical public health action and to reduce economic hardship associated with a longer period, especially if work is not possible as due to the quarantine.

The CDC continues to leave flexibility for local jurisdictions to adjust as they see fit.

The risk calculation is as follows: 1-10% risk of transmission when people quarantine for 10 days, and 5-12% risk of transmission when people quarantine for 7 days. The CDC believes the 1% transmission risk (at the lower end) is a “sweet spot” for transmission.

Ultimately, this recommendation follows as a result of input that the significant portion of people discontinue quarantine before 14 days are up due to pressure to return to work or to get people back in school.

The ultimate hope for the CDC is that the shortened time period would increase compliance.

This comes after 4 million people (more than 40% of last year) travelled home for Thanksgiving, as people chose not to heed CDC’s warning of staying home and chose to travel instead.

Even a small pocket of infected travelers could translate into hundreds of thousands of additional infections moving from one community to another, throughout United States. Ultimately, the CDC is choosing to allow some residual risk of infection in hopes that more people would actually abide by the quarantine, during what is supposed to be one of the most dangerous winter in recent history.

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