The CDC has put out new guidance regarding quarantine. The long quarantine period, based on the best understanding of contagion, has placed a huge burden on those who cannot afford to miss in-person work or school.
If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, there is no need to quarantine after known exposure. You should wear a face mask until able to obtain a negative test several days after exposure.
The CDC continues to recommend a 14 day quarantine after a known exposure* to COVID-19 for the lowest chance of spreading the virus (for unvaccinated individuals). But new acceptable minimal quarantine limits are:
- 10 day quarantine, if completely without symptoms OR
- 7 day quarantine, if completely without symptoms and with a negative COVID-19 test on day 5, 6, or 7.
Quarantine still begins on the last day of contact with infected person. 10 day isolation minimum is still necessary for COVID-19 infection. Again, a 14 day quarantine is still superior for decreasing risk of being contagious to others.
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more (15 minutes do not need to be a single block)
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (e.g., hugged or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- You were with someone who sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you