The US national public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has updated and shortened the recommended isolation and quarantine period for a person to contract the COVID-19 virus as the world continues its battle to contain the spread of the alternative Omicron.
Previously, it was the isolation period that separated those infected with the Coronavirus from others, and the quarantine that restricted the movement of people who were exposed to the Coronavirus to check whether they were infected, for those infected with the Coronavirus or for those who could have been infected with it. In contact with an infected person, who was at least 10 days old.
However, the CDC has revised Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) based on “the science showing that most transmission of SARS-CoV-2 occurs in the early stages of the disease, typically in the 2 days prior to the onset of symptoms and 2– 3 days “.
According to a CDC press release, if a person tests positive for COVID-19, they should be isolated based on the following standard operating procedures:
- Stay at home for five days.
- Please continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others without fail after completing isolation and leaving the house.
However, the CDC suggests that if the fever persists even after five days of isolation, the infected person should stay home until the fever is gone.
The above-mentioned PCOS is suitable for everyone, regardless of their vaccination status.
Meanwhile, those who have come into contact with someone infected with the COVID-19 virus should self-isolate, according to the CDC, and follow these standard operating procedures.
If a person who has been exposed to COVID-19 has not been vaccinated or is outside the recommended period for the second dose or has not yet received a booster dose, they should:
- Quarantine for 5 days.
- Follow strict use of the mask for another 5 days.
If a person who has been exposed to COVID-19 cannot afford to remain in quarantine, they must:
- Wear a tight-fitting mask at all times around people for 10 days after they have been exposed to the virus.
If a person who has been exposed to COVID-19 receives a booster injection, they do not need to be quarantined, but should:
- Wear a mask for 10 days after exposure.
The CDC suggests that all people exposed to the virus undergo a diagnostic test on the fifth day after exposure, and if they develop any symptoms, they should immediately quarantine until the test result is negative, confirming that their symptoms are not. Attributed to COVID-19.