New COVID-19 isolation guidelines released from CDC

July 2020

New coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines released last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), say people with mild to moderate symptoms may only need to isolate for 10 days versus the previous 14 days that was suggested.

Under the new guidelines, most people with COVID-19 can end isolation and precautions 10 days after their symptoms first begin and after they have not had a fever for at least 24 hours — without the use of fever-reducing medications and with improvement of other symptoms.

A limited number of people with severe illness may produce a replication-competent virus beyond 10 days that may warrant extending the duration of isolation and precautions for up to 20 days after symptoms first begin. In this case, the CDC suggests considering a consultation with infection control experts.

The CDC states: “These findings strengthen the justification for relying on a symptom-based, rather than test-based strategy for ending isolation of these patients, so that persons who are by current evidence no longer infectious are not kept unnecessarily isolated and excluded from work or other responsibilities.”

Click here for more on the new guidelines.

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