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December 04, 2020

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CDC Updates Quarantine Guidance: What Does This Mean to Your Business?

Q. I see that the CDC is updating its quarantine guidance. Does TAG recommend that I change my business practices around this?

A. In the past, the CDC had recommended a full 14 days of quarantine for people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Its recently updated recommendation, however, includes two additional options for shortening the length of quarantine. Based on local availability of viral testing, people without symptoms quarantine can end on day 10 without testing or on day 7 after receiving a negative test result.

While CDC has provided these options, recognizing that a shorter period may increase the number of people actually quarantining, and “make it easier for people to quarantine by reducing economic hardship if they cannot work during this time,” the Center continues to endorse the 14-day quarantine as the best option.  The CDC also has left implementation of these guidelines to state and local health authorities, so implementation will vary nationally. 

Because there is a low incremental risk reduction in post-quarantine transmission between Day 10 and Day 14, TAG is generally in agreement with the CDC guidance. We advise that businesses make an operational assessment before changing to its COVID practices.  If you determine that the new options are a fit, TAG has a few additional recommendations:

  • TAG recommends the test be taken as close to day 7 as possible, preferably on day 7. 

  • If using the testing option, be sure the employee receives a PCR test, not an antigen test, as the reliability of a single antigen test in asymptomatic people is not well understood.

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.

Additionally, if either option is selected, upon return from quarantine, the employee is to:

  • Immediately self-isolate and contact their healthcare provider if symptoms arise.

  • Follow the standard protective practices (e.g., wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, wash hands, avoid crowds, etc.).

  • While not new to this guidance, it’s important to ensure your employees understand that if a household member Is positive, that the “clock” for quarantining does not start until the positive household member has completed their isolation period (currently 10 days after symptom onset or a positive test).

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