The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, informed Vice President Mike Penns and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force that the new guidelines will reduce isolation time for new patients to one week.
The CDC will soon release new guidelines that reduce the number of days people should be placed in complete isolation after exposure to COVID-19, CNN reports. The new guidelines will recommend that those in close contact with coronavirus-infected people go into quarantine for 7 to 10 days, rather than 14 days as is common now.
People can complete quarantine after 7 days if they get a negative test result, or after 10 days without testing.
The current definition of “contact” includes interactions up to 15 minutes at a distance of 2 meters or closer to an infected person.