CDC to shorten quarantine period from 14 days to 7-10 days

CDC to shorten quarantine period from 14 days to 7-10 days

Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, informed Vice President Mike Pence and coronavirus task force members on Tuesday that the CDC will soon issue new guidelines reducing the number of days close contacts should quarantine following a suspected exposure, two senior administration officials told CNN.

The new guidelines will recommend close contacts of those infected with coronavirus should quarantine for seven to 10 days after exposure, down from the 14 days currently recommended, the official said. Individuals can end their quarantine after seven days if they receive a negative test, or 10 days without getting tested.

Redfield announced the forthcoming guidelines during a coronavirus task force meeting on Tuesday, the officials said, describing the change as a data-driven decision that has been under review for weeks.

One official said Pence has been pushing the CDC for months to review the guidelines.

The CDC did not immediately return CNN’s request for comment.

Health experts continued to stress the importance of communicating and implementing mitigation measures to decrease the alarming number of coronavirus cases across the country, the official said. There was no discussion of President Trump getting involved in public messaging around those mitigation measures.