The Center For Disease Control (CDC) has officially announced that quarantine times can be reduced safely without greatly impacting the community. This means travelers could face shorter quarantine times soon.
The CDC made the recommendation that based on local circumstances, communities can choose to follow ‘alternative’ guidelines with shorter quarantines that are acceptable.
New Quarantine Recommendations
The CDC now states that an alternative to the 14 day quarantine are as follows:
- Quarantine can end after day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
- Quarantine can end after day 7 if a person tests negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The test must be completed on day 5 and the person should not be released until day 7.
The CDC also noted that the 10 day quarantine had a 1-10% risk of transmission after quarantine and the 7 day had a 5-12% risk.
Even with testing, the CDC stood firm that no quarantine even with testing should be less than 7 days.
U.S. States That Could Be Impacted
There has been no word from States like Hawaii who recently dropped the 14 day quarantine completely with proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
This has given the state a spike in tourism but some islands are now refusing to follow the testing program and reinstating the mandatory 14 day quarantine after COVID-19 cases spiked. For example, the island of Kauai now says that all passengers arriving to the island must quarantine for the full 14 days regardless of teste results.
There is no word on if Hawaii will follow the CDC recommendations and reinstate the mandatory 7 day quarantine for all travelers.
In New York, travelers can test out of quarantine if they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours before arrival, quarantine for 3 days upon arrival and then face another test on day 3 to be released from quarantine.
Again these travel restrictions could change if New York adopts the new CDC recommendations.
The World Has Adopted CDC Guidelines
Whether the CDC’s new recommended quarantine lengths are adopted by U.S. states and countries abroad is yet to be seen.
However, prevention and testing guidelines continue to evolve with countries all adopting their own set of entry requirements.
2021 could get even more confusing as some countries begin to vaccinate their population within the next month. Again we have yet to see any country come out with confirmed vaccination entry requirements but one thing is for sure, they’re coming.
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