The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently shortened its recommended isolation period for people infected with the COVID-19 virus.
It said that people who are infected can re-enter society after five days if they don’t have symptoms or if their symptoms are resolving.
The guidance adds that people should wear a mask for five days after that.
The change came about, officials said, because studies have found that a majority of transmission happens in the first five days of infection.
It also allows companies to bring back workers in half the time.
According to a press report, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the C.D.C. director, said that the guidance “had a lot to do with what we thought people would be able to tolerate.”
She estimated that less than a third of people who should have been isolated in the past had done so; the new rules, she said, were meant to encourage people to stay in when they were “maximally infectious.”
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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