CDC Shortens Isolation, Quarantine Time: What It Means In MI

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MICHIGAN — As officials learn more information on COVID-19 and the omicron variant, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is cutting the recommended time for isolation in half and shortening quarantine time as well.

"The Omicron variant is spreading quickly and has the potential to impact all facets of our society. CDC’s updated recommendations for isolation and quarantine balance what we know about the spread of the virus and the protection provided by vaccination and booster doses," said CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

As of Monday, Dec. 27, isolation time went from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to five days, if asymptomatic, followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others.

"The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after," according to the CDC.

Additionally, CDC updated the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19, but it varied based on vaccination status.

For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second dose (or more than two months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, the CDC now recommends quarantine for five days followed by strict mask use for an additional five days.

If a five-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure.

Those who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.

"These updates ensure people can safely continue their daily lives. Prevention is our best option: get vaccinated, get boosted, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial and high community transmission, and take a test before you gather," said Walensky.

If You Test Positive For COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Stay home for five days.

  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after five days, you can leave your house.

  • Continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)

If you: Were boosted or completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months or completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last two months:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.

  • Test on day five, if possible.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

If you: Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over six months ago and are not boosted or completed the primary series of J&J over two months ago and are not boosted
or are unvaccinated:

  • Stay home for five days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.

  • If you can’t quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days.

  • Test on day five if possible.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

This article originally appeared on the Detroit Patch