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COVID-19 Guidelines Changing For How Long People Have To Quarantine

Individuals who live with someone who has contracted COVID-19 are recommended to quarantine themselves for as many as 26 days, according to guidance given Dec. 2 by a multistate chain of urgent care centers.

The guidance was published before the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its own quarantine guidelines on Dec. 2, reducing the recommended quarantine period from 14 to 10 days.

Under the urgent care centers’ advice, a person who gets a positive COVID-19 test on Dec. 2 and shows no symptoms would be considered contagious until Dec. 12, or 10 days later. If the individual showed symptoms, then the recommended quarantine would be extended to 10 days after the symptoms first appeared.

Intimate partners, caregivers and others in close contact would also be subject to a 14-day quarantine period after their last contact with the person with COVID-19, according to the urgent care centers’ recommendation.

This means an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 2 with no symptoms would be considered contagious until Dec. 12. A 14-day quarantine would then begin for anyone who had close contact with the infected person. Under the new CDC guidelines, that 14-day quarantine would be reduced to 10 days.

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