Last week the CDC announced new coronavirus quarantine guidelines for those who have been exposed. Rather than the standard 14-day quarantine, there are new rules for shorter options.
The new CDC guidelines entail:
- 10 days of quarantine if you have no symptoms and no test
- 7 days of quarantine if you have no symptoms and a negative test within 48 hours of the last day of quarantine
- 14 days of quarantine is still recommended if you can
- Keep watching for symptoms over 14 days, as it can take that long for symptoms to develop.
Be sure to look up your local guidelines to see if there are specific rules to follow in your area.
If you have a mild case of coronavirus, rest and drink plenty of liquids, however, don’t stay in bed for too long. Talking walks and moving around will help you to remain active, get air in your lungs, and feel better once you have recovered.
Another reminder: If you are still feeling bad after the 10 or 14-day quarantine, continue to isolate so as not to infect others.
After your isolation period, continue to wash hands often, use hand sanitizer, and wear a mask.
Quarantine after COVID-19 exposure
Exposure to the virus is defined as being within six feet of someone with COVID-19 for a combined 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.
Officials are hoping the new guidelines will make it easier for people to quarantine. Businesses, hospitals, and sports teams are happy about the change, while others feel differently.
Epidemiologist Theresa Chapple tweeted, “To me, this policy creates a false dichotomy, people won’t do 14 days so they need a shorter quarantine period. Instead, we could create wraparound services to support those quarantining and isolating.” An example of a wraparound service would be New York City providing hotel rooms for people who need to quarantine alone.
Other health experts are calling the change risky, as the chance of spreading the virus could still exist after a shortened quarantine period.
As the U.S. faces over 150,000 new cases per day, it’s very important to follow the guidelines and quarantine if you have been exposed. Follow us on Facebook for more information on senior health.