The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of U.S recommended this Monday to cut the quarantine period for those infected with asymptomatic covid-19 from ten to five days.
In a statement, the CDC explains that the change is motivated by the scientific demonstration that most infections occur at the beginning of the disease, on the first and second days of symptoms and two or three days later.
Therefore, people who test positive should be isolated for five days if they are asymptomatic and, after that period, continue with a mask for another five days to minimize the risk of infecting others.
The CDC also updated its recommendations for the quarantine of those who have been exposed to the disease, through contact with an infected person.
In the event that those exposed are unvaccinated people, who have been vaccinated for more than six months (or more than two in the case of the Janssen vaccine), they must also keep quarantine for five days and spend another five with a mask strictly.
Those who are vaccinated or with the recent booster should spend ten days with the mask on at all times.
For all those exposed, in addition, the CDC recommends a test five days after contact.
According to the CDC, these recommendations will serve to minimize the risk of contagion.
With this announcement, the changes that were already expected this morning are fulfilled when the main epidemiologist of the Government, Antoni Fauci, opened the door to new recommendations because omicron seems to be more contagious than other mutations of the covid-19, although also less serious .
US President Joe Biden said this afternoon to be open to reducing isolation times if his medical team recommends it.
A few hours earlier, in an interview with the MSNBC chain, Fauci announced that the US Executive was “seriously” evaluating reducing the isolation time that those who have been infected with the virus must comply with.