The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) might shorten the recommended quarantine time after possible COVID-19 exposure from 14 days to between seven and 10 days.

The CDC hopes it would encourage people to comply with the guidelines.

So is it based on science or people not complying? If it’s the latter then why bother with the 14 days? Anyone with a brain cell knows that staying in quarantine for 14 days, especially children, would drive anyone insane.

CDC incident manager for COVID-19 Henry Walke said the recommendation depends on a negative test:

Agency officials are discussing the exact time period and what type of test a person would be given to exit quarantine, he said.

“We do think that the work that we’ve done, and some of the studies we have and the modeling data that we have, shows that we can with testing shorten quarantines,” he said.

If a test comes back negative, he added, “then their probability of going on and developing an infection after that is pretty low.”

Okay, here is the thing. A family member has a positive test. They suggest you get a test seven days from your last contact with that family member. So if that test is negative you can get on with your lives?

Why not implement this once tests became available? We know that “50% of people who become ill develop symptoms between five and six days after they are infected, while 9% develop symptoms after 10 days, and 2% after 14 days.”

Trust me. Quarantine does work. I had the flu/pneumonia last year. I quarantined and no one else in my house got sick.

Quarantine yourself whether you have COVID-19, flu, or pneumonia. Granted, flu symptoms show up one or two days after infection.

Hopefully, the vaccine comes out by the end of the second week of December. Nursing home residents will be first in line followed by health care workers and us people “at high risk for severe illness.”

PLEASE. Get your flu and pneumonia vaccine. PLEASE make sure you are updated on all your other vaccines.

 

 
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