This COVID-19 Guideline Is About to Change, According to the CDC

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The United States is going through a hard time right now amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with an average of 172,000 new cases every day. Since the beginning of November, the daily count hasn’t dropped below 100,000, and the death toll is approaching 270,000, with an average of 1,100 deaths per day. These numbers are very concerning, and the worst part is, COVID-19 doesn’t seem to want to stop here, as the number of new cases continues to surge.

With such high numbers, you might think that it’s not the right time to consider reducing one of the COVID-19 guidelines, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) thinks otherwise. According to the Wall Street Journal, the CDC is planning to change the recommended quarantine period for those who have been exposed to the virus from 14 days to 7.

The term ‘quarantine’ is not referring to those who test positive with the novel coronavirus, but rather for anyone who’s been in close contact with an infected person and hasn’t yet been confirmed to have the virus themselves. The CDC’s isolation guidelines that were implemented in July for those that tested positive for the novel coronavirus implied that COVID-19 patients can end isolation after 10 days after experiencing the first symptoms.

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But according to Reuters, this guideline is about to change really soon. An official has confirmed in a press call that the CDC has considered reducing quarantine times. According to the official,

“Let me confirm that we are constantly reviewing the evidence and we are starting to have evidence that a shorter quarantine complemented by tests might be able to shorten that quarantine period from 14 days to shorter days.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the new quarantine guideline is expected to be somewhere between 7 and 10 days in duration, but most likely, COVID-19 patients might have to take a test to prove they’re no longer positive for the virus. However, these are just suppositions, as the CDC hasn’t made anything official at the moment of speaking.

As a CDC spokesman has told NBC News, “CDC is always reviewing its guidance and recommendations in the light of new understandings of the virus that causes COVID-19, and will announce such changes when appropriate.”

The 14-day guideline implemented in July was based on how long medical officials believed the virus can take to incubate in the human body. NBC News also added that CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield, MD, mentioned that scientists are currently working on discovering whether someone who’s been in direct contact with an infected individual can use testing during the quarantine period to shorten it to 10 or even 7 days.

“Obviously we don’t want people to be quarantined 14 days unnecessarily,” he added. The CDC is thinking about reducing this guideline in order to reduce transmission and encourage compliance.

The CDC’s incident manager for the COVID-19 response, Henry Walke, told the WSJ that quarantine can still be very efficient even when it’s less than 14 days. “Hopefully people would be better able to adhere to quarantine if it was, for example, seven to 10 days,” he continued saying.

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5 thoughts on “This COVID-19 Guideline Is About to Change, According to the CDC”

  1. This is all about money. Companies don’t want to pay employees for 14 days of quarantine. I don’t blame them, however just shortening the time is not the answer. This will cause a larger spread of the virus, making things harder on our health care system. The Federal Government needs to get their act together and think of ways to help SMALL business and employees. Otherwise we’re going to have complete mayhem going into the new year.

  2. The entire subject is for money. Dr. Rashid Buttar, in charge of making COVID-19 in China three years ago, reported it was either sold or stolen for pharmaceutical profits. It will work! The more people get sick, the more money they make.

  3. IT IS MY BELIEF THAT ALL OF THE NUMBERS ARE INFLATED. DEMOCRATS AND THE NEWS OUTLETS CREATED THIS GREAT FEAR AN CAPTIALIZED ON IT. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS TRYING TO GAIN FULL CONTROL OF OUR LIVES. THE PROCESS IS TO WIN THE HEARTS AN MINDS OF THE POPULUS LIKE WE TRIED TO DO IN THE VIETNAM AN WE KNOW HOW THAT TURNED OUT. AMERICA WE NEED TO FIGHT AS HARD AS WE CAN TO STOP THE GOVERNMENT FROM STRIPPING AWAY OUR CIVIL RIGHTS OR WE WILL SURELY LOSE THEM, MAKING IT SO MUCH HARDER TO REGAIN THEM. IF YOU THINK DEPENDING ON THE GOVERNMENT TO CARE FOR US, ASK THE AMERICAN INDIAN HOW WELL THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN CARE OF THEM OR OUR VETRANS.

  4. 500,000 dead in the u.s. alone, are you gonna call that fake news? do you think that civil rights includes the right to not wear a mask and infect other people? do you wear a seat belt? the republican party has a long history of attempts at voter suppression some successful, which is really how to take away our civil rights and turn us into a fascist dictatorship, and you want to blame Democrats? As a veteran I bet you are not happy with the way the VA has handled the pandemic, but that was under the last administration which didnt give a damn about the folks on the ground, just about helping their rich friends.

    1. The statistics have been altered to include persons who actually died with a comorbidity as a COVID death. Hospitals are given a financial incentive to reclassify cause of death. Check out the CDC change of how how deaths are reported.

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