The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new guidelines reducing the number of days that a person should quarantine after being exposed to someone with COVID-19. The CDC recommends that close contacts of those infected with the coronavirus should quarantine for 7 to 10 days after exposure. Previously, the recommendations suggested a quarantine for 14 days. People can end their quarantine after 7 days if they receive a negative test, or 10 days without testing. Exposure means being 6 feet or less apart from someone with COVID-19 adding up to 15 minutes. This means that exposure does not need to be 15 continuous minutes, but could be, for example, a few shorter contacts that add up to 15 minutes. It is important to continue wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding crowds and washing our hands.


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