CDC Drops 14-day Quarantine  Recommendation For Travelers
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CDC Drops 14-day Quarantine Recommendation For Travelers

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Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Aug 27, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dropped its recommendations requiring travelers from a trip outside the country or state to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

The CDC is now advising that travelers “follow state, territorial, tribal, and local recommendations or requirements after travel.” Its previous guidelines recommended a two-week quarantine for those returning from areas with a high concentration of COVID-19 cases.

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Despite dropping its self-quarantine guidelines, the CDC still notes that travel increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19 and that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.

“You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels,” the page reads. “You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus.”

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This move from the CDC comes on the cusp of its recent controversial recommendation that states asymptomatic people no longer need to get tested if they were recently exposed.

“You do not necessarily need a test unless you are a vulnerable individual or your health care provider or state or local public health officials recommend you take one,” the CDC now recommends.

The CDC has emphasized pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic transmission as a major factor in the transmission of the novel coronavirus, noting earlier in the summer that its “best estimate” is at least 40 percent of those infected by the novel coronavirus don’t show symptoms.