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CDC modifies COVID-19 quarantining guidelines

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jul 28 2020 9:45 AM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, has revised its guidelines for those quarantining due to a positive COVID-19 test.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said Monday the CDC previously recommended that such quarantines last 14 days, but that time frame is being reduced to 10 days for those who had mild to moderate illness from the respiratory virus.

Also, those people do not need to be retested before returning to work, the CDC has stated.

The change came about after scientific data found most people aren’t infectious 10 days after symptoms begin. Despite not having equivalent data, the same guidelines are being recommended for children and infants.

ADPH’s Dr. Karen Landers said it’s still important for those with COVID-19 symptoms to self-isolate at home, cautioning that “while waiting for their test results, these persons are likely to be contagious and need to receive instructions from a doctor or [ADPH] before returning to work and leaving their residence.”

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