CDC reduces coronavirus quarantine time from 14 to 7-10 days

The new guidelines recommend that those infected with the coronavirus be quarantined for 7 to 10 days after exposure, in contrast to the currently recommended 14 days, the official said. Individuals can complete their quarantine after 7 days if they receive a negative test or 10 days without taking a test.
CDC Updates Covid-19 Close Relationship Guidelines After Prison Guard Infects
At the end of October, the CDC updated the definition of close association with the Covid-19 patient to include several short exposures. The current definition includes exposure, which means a total of 15 minutes, which is six feet or closer to an infected person. Previously, the CDC defined close contact as having 15 minutes of continuous exposure to an infected individual.

Redfield announced the upcoming quarantine guidelines at Tuesday’s meeting of the coronavir virus task force, officials said, describing the change as a data-driven decision that has been under review for weeks.

An official said Pence had been urging the CDC for months to review the guidelines.

The CDC did not immediately return CNN’s request for comments.

Health experts continued to stress the importance of communication and implementation of mitigation measures to reduce the alarming number of coronavirus cases across the country, the official said. There was no debate about President Donald Trump getting involved in public messaging around these mitigation measures.

Mitigation efforts include the use of masks, social distancing, crowd avoidance, and frequent hand washing.