CDC advises when to leave COVID-19 self-quarantine

May 28, 2020

Improving symptoms, no fever for 3 days, at least 10 days since symptom onset—those are criteria for when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says people with COVID-19 can leave self-quarantine and be around others again. The guidance was released recently and will prove helpful as states continue to open up and people return to work.

The CDC also said asymptomatic people who have tested positive for COVID-19 should wait 10 days after the positive test before resuming normal activities.

Across the country, states and cities continue to reopen. Though the CDC had recommended states not embark on reopening their economies until case counts have declined for at least 14 days, many states reopened in the midst of increased testing, or the testing of backlogged samples, which could skew the timeline of the virus in each region.

As of May 27, the Johns Hopkins University dashboard has recorded over 1,700,000 U.S. cases, including more than 100,000 deaths. This means the U.S. will likely see 100,000 coronavirus-related fatalities very soon, or five days before the CDC predicted the nation would hit that milestone.

In related news, about half of Americans—49 percent—would receive a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, according to a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. Thirty-one percent polled said they were not sure if they would get vaccinated, while 1 in 5 said they would outright refuse the vaccine. Among those saying no to the vaccine, about 70 percent cited safety reasons.

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