The CDC is shortening the recommended time that people should isolate after a positive COVID-19 test. The Agency reduced its recommendation from 10 days to 5, but only if you’re not having symptoms –- and you wear a mask for an additional 5 days.
The CDC also shortened its recommendation for those who have been exposed to the Virus, but have not tested positive. Both unvaccinated and vaccinated people — should now quarantine for 5 days –- followed by ‘strict mask usage’ for 5 more days. The CDC says those who have received a booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but they should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.
The CDC says the change is motivated by science showing transmission usually occurs in the first few days before and after symptoms appear.