The Center for Disease Control And Prevention is set to once again change its guidelines. The senior administrator of CDC has stated that the new guidelines will shorten the time that people need to quarantine. People who have been exposed to the virus only have to quarantine for 10 days. If they test negative, then they will only have to quarantine for seven days. The past recommendation was 14 days.
The official, who has decided to keep his information private, stated that scientists have discussed changing the guidelines for quite some time. They have been studying the incubation period of the virus for several months. This change in policy will allow people to return to their normal activities much more quickly.Read More »
This is not the first time that the CDC has changed its guidelines. In July, they stated that people only had to quarantine for 10 days after testing positive for the virus. However, the 10-day quarantine only applies if one no longer has any symptoms. The CDC has to meet with the task force before the new guidelines can be finalized.
Robert Redfield, who is the CDC Director, stated that the guidelines were made back in March, which was when testing wasn’t as readily available as it is today. He also said that there is no reason for people to quarantine for 14 days unless they are sick. Dr. Henry Walke is the incident manager of the CDC.
He stated that agency officials are still trying to determine the exact length of time that someone should quarantine. They are also determine what type of test needs to be administered. Belsie Gonzalez is the spokesperson for the CDC. She stated that the CDC is always reviewing guidelines and making changes when necessary.
Dr. Scott Gotrieb, who is the former Food And Drug Administration Commissioner, stated that this is something that should have been done sooner. He also said that if the quarantine time is shortened, then it will be easier for people to adhere to the guidelines. Additionally. Dr. Gotrieb stated that if people develop Covid-19 without any symptoms, then they probably aren’t contagious after 10 days.
He also argued that if people are asked to quarantine for 14 days, then they may not comply with those recommendations. Dr. Tom Frieden, who was the CDC Director when Barack Obama president, agrees. He said that people are the most likely to spread Covid-19 during the first seven days. After that, the risk of spreading Covid-19 goes down drastically.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is the White House Coronavirus adviser, stated that fear of missing work stops many people from getting tested. They don’t want to lose their job and income. If they don’t have to quarantine for 14 days, then they will be more likely to get tested.
A vaccine may be available in the near future. However, there are some things that you can do to protect your health and reduce your risk of death while you are waiting. You can protect yourself and the people around you by wearing a face mask. You will also need to wash your hands on a regular basis.