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CDC Likely To Recommend Shortening Coronavirus Quarantine Period

Added 11-25-20 02:07:01am EST - “Federal health officials could reduce the quarantine from the currently recommended 14 days to as few as seven for people who test negative for the virus.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “CDC Likely To Recommend Shortening Coronavirus Quarantine Period”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The doorway to Jones Hall is shown at Utah State University in September, where about 300 students were being quarantined to their rooms as a precaution. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

The doorway to Jones Hall is shown at Utah State University in September, where about 300 students were being quarantined to their rooms as a precaution.

Federal health officials are likely to shorten their recommendation for how long people should quarantine to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus from the current 14 days to as few as seven.

Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations call for two weeks of isolation from the last contact with a person known to have COVID-19. However, Adm. Brett Giroir, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said Tuesday that health officials were rethinking that recommendation, citing "a preponderance of evidence that a shorter quarantine complemented by a test might be able to shorten that quarantine period."

"We are actively working on that type of guidance right now, reviewing the evidence, but we want to make absolutely sure," he said, adding that "these kind of recommendations aren't willy nilly."

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