CDC may change COVID isolation guidelines in the coming months—here’s what to know

Published February 15, 2024


Health quoted Timothy Murphy in a story about how the CDC may be changing their COVID isolation guidelines in the upcoming months. Instead of a universal five-day isolation for those who test positive, people would instead be encouraged to isolate until they’re fever-free for 24 hours and their symptoms are mild and improving. Murphy explains that getting COVID can be so disruptive to someone’s schedule that it may actually disincentivize them from following the guidelines, or from testing in the first place. Murphy also notes that practicality is another argument for loosening the isolation guidelines for COVID. “The reality is, I think many people are not really following the current guidelines,” Murphy said. “It’s kind of a 10-day hit, if you will, if you have COVID now.” 

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